OnDefend joins BDO Alliance USA, unveils new cyber security software


Ponte Vedra-based business OnDefend has joined BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals.

As an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, OnDefend can provide access to strategic relationships, marketing and resources by drawing on the capabilities of BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, and other Alliance members.  

“We are excited to expand our relationship with BDO USA,” OnDefend Co-Founder Chris Freedman said. “Being a trusted Alliance member allows opportunities to work even more closely in collaboration with BDO USA and its Alliance members across the country.”

Before joining the Alliance, OnDefend was known to BDO USA as a national provider of preventative cyber security testing services to help corporations prepare for and prevent cyber breaches, as well as compliance consulting for national regulations such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH and others. OnDefend and BDO USA then began to interact through various strategic opportunities, which led to OnDefend being invited to join the BDO Alliance USA.

 “We believe the professionals of OnDefend share BDO’s commitment to exemplary client service and we want to welcome them into the BDO Alliance USA,” said Michael Horwitz, BDO USA partner and executive director of Alliance Services.

On May 7, the OnDefend team attended the 2018 BDO Alliance USA Conference, where they were introduced for the first time to national Alliance members as well as to the national BDO USA team. Primarily known for enterprise cyber security testing and compliance consulting, OnDefend officially unveiled CyberSURE at the conference. CyberSURE is the company’s new cyber security solution for midsize and smaller businesses that previously had no affordable or viable option to become cyber secure.  

A proprietary user-led software solution, CyberSURE is a plug-and-play security platform that assesses a company’s real-time cyber risks, assigns a Cyber Score, lists recommendations and provides tools and support to secure the company. Once the client’s Cyber Score improves, they receive a Cyber Secure Certificate to certify they are safe to do business with. CyberSURE clients also have access to a discounted cyber insurance policy to cover issues related to attacks and hacks, and the software comes with additional support and services provided by OnDefend.

“CyberSURE is a first-of-its-kind solution giving local and regional companies an affordable way to visualize their current cyber security risks as well as the tools to become cyber secure,” OnDefend Co-Founder Ben Fink said. “CyberSURE will help these companies meet the goal of securing and protecting their company from threats while giving them an easy way to ensure a cyber-safe future.”

CyberSURE will initially be available to select strategic relationships, such as the BDO Alliance USA.