Corsec History

Corsec Founding

John Morris and Matt Appler knew there had to be a better way. After helping to found and run one of the original three FIPS testing laboratories, they watched product vendors stumble through the maze of requirements in the FIPS 140-2 validation process, which often resulted in frustration, missed deadlines, redundancy, and, ultimately, lost revenue opportunities. They recognized the need to do things differently on behalf of product vendors; the need for a guide to take companies through this maze, an advocate for the product vendor, a system of checks and quality controls and a process for assuring validation would be on time and within budget.

And so, in 1998, they founded Corsec, the ‘core of Corporate Security,’ with a clear-cut value proposition: to provide today’s product vendors with a singular solution for enabling security validations and third-party certifications through a system of assured quality. Launching into a competitive field, they knew that their ability to excel would result from nothing else but the intelligence, determination, vendor advocacy and drive of their people. From it’s founding, Corsec has focused on building a world-class firm that would attract the best and brightest talent in the market.

Corsec Today

Corsec provides its clients with exceptional consulting and critical expertise to meet their most important business challenges in attaining third-party certifications and security validations and accessing new markets and revenue streams. We draw from our global network of carefully-vetted third-party accredited laboratories and our internal team of highly qualified professionals in the fields of information security and interoperability to help our clients get through the security certification process for FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria and UC APL.

While Corsec traces our roots to our founding in a FIPS 140-2 laboratory, we have grown significantly since then to become a global partner in enabling market access through a combination of offerings, competencies and expertise in a number of practice areas for our clients across the globe. At the same time, we have become a top career option for the best graduates and security professionals worldwide, with varied career growth paths.

Corsec is committed to investing what it takes – in our all-star team and our systems and processes – to help our clients stay at the top of their game. We have built a world-class firm that enables product vendors to tap into new revenues and markets and drive improvements to their bottom line.


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