Sikich LLP

February 24, 2014 07:00 ET

Sikich Grows Security Practice With 403 Labs Merger

Strategic Union Expands Sikich With West Coast Presence

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - February 24, 2014) -  Sikich LLP, a leading accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm, announced today its merger with 403 Labs, a full-service information security consultancy based in Brookfield, Wis.

"Merging with 403 Labs is a strategic, key union for Sikich as it allows us to significantly expand our information security practice and grow our presence not only in the Milwaukee area, but around the world as well," said Jeff Rudolph, partner-in-charge of Sikich's technology practice. "403 Labs has an unmatched team of experts who will complement and magnify the services Sikich already offers in the security area."

Through this merger, Sikich will have the ability to develop its information security practice with additional resources and top talent whose specialties range from compliance audits and computer security assessments to penetration tests and computer forensic investigations. Additionally, Sikich will acquire the 403 Labs San Francisco office, adding to the firm's western U.S. presence. A previous merger led to the firm's first western office in Denver.

In joining with 403 Labs, Sikich will become one of only six firms certified as a payment card industry (PCI) Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA), QSA and PA-QSA for Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE), and PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI).

Joining the team as Partner, Security and Compliance Practice Leader will be D.J. Vogel, founder and principal of 403 Labs. Vogel holds multiple security certifications and worked extensively in the industry before starting 403 Labs in 2005. Brad Lutgen, marketing and business development director of 403 Labs, will also join the firm as Partner. Vogel and Lutgen will bring with them 29 additional security experts.

"The joining of the 403 Labs and Sikich teams is beneficial for all parties, and we are very excited about the opportunities this merger presents for both us and our clients," said Vogel. "Sikich and its clients now have access to expanded technology service offerings in security and compliance, and our team can utilize additional resources and capital to enhance our growth. Further, our existing clients will be able to leverage Sikich's expertise in additional technology and accounting areas that can improve their businesses."

The team originally based in the 403 Labs Wisconsin headquarters will move into Sikich's Milwaukee office, located at 13400 Bishops Lane, Suite 300 in Brookfield. The 403 Labs team is in the process of contacting clients to inform them of the recent change and address any questions they may have about the transition or Sikich.

For more information about Sikich or its information security practice, visit the Sikich website.

About Sikich LLP
Sikich LLP, a leading accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm, has more than 550 employees throughout the country. Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as one of the country's Top 40 Certified Public Accounting firms and is among the top 1% of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the world. From corporations and non-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients can use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals. Visit to discover how you can elevate performance in your organization.

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