The Security Recruiter Directory

To find the right job or hire the right candidate, sometimes you first need to find the right security recruiter. Updated November 2015 with new listings.


Looking for a qualified candidate or new job? CSOonline's recruiter directory can help. Below, you'll find a variety of security recruiters who can help move your search forward.

This list is a start, but in order to provide the most complete recruiter resource out there, we need your assistance. If you're a security recruiting firm, we want your information! Please send the name, contact info and a few sentences about your company and its specialties to Senior Editor Joan Goodchild. For even more career advice, check out CSO's job page.


Alta Associates
8 Bartles Corner Rd., Suite 21
Flemington, NJ 08822

About: Founded in 1986 Alta Associates is widely acknowledged as the leading executive search firm specializing in Information Security, IT Risk Management, GRC and Privacy. Alta successfully performs retained searches for the most senior level executive roles in the industry and builds the teams that support them.

Alta Associates is a woman owned firm who supports diversity of thought and is committed to providing their clients with a diverse slate of candidates. Alta has unique access to the women in our field through the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy founded by CEO, Joyce Brocaglia. The EWF is a community of over 1000 women who are leading experts in Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy.

Specialties: Recent successful retained searches for complex global companies include: Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Information Risk Officer, SVP Enterprise Risk, Chief Privacy Officer, SVP of IAM, SVP of Governance and Controls, SVP of Technology Risk, Managing Director of Information Security, Head of Information Security Architecture, SVP Security Strategy.Contingency searches include VP, Directors, Managers of information Security, Risk and Privacy

Contact: Joyce Brocaglia
Phone: 908-806-8442
Fax: 908-806-8443

Benchmark Executive Search

About: Benchmark is an award winning national retained executive search firm that specializes in building senior management teams. Our expertise is in security/cyber/cloud/national security/analytics/innovation. Our partners have completed 100’s of executive searches nationwide leading Board, CXO and VP level engagements. Our deep knowledge, experience and network in Commercial Innovation & Federal IT sectors serves our clients well, as trusted relationships with government and security industry insiders are crucial in this tight-knit community.


  • Fortune 1000: CISO, CSO, Chief Risk Officer, Board Member (risk/cyber/security chair)
  • Private Equity backed growth companies: CEO and all their direct reports
  • Venture Capital backed companies: Board Member (federal/IC/DoD chair), President Public Sector, VP Federal, VP BD (intelligence community or defense)

Jeremy King, President
Washington DC & Dallas, TX

Phone: 703-728-8506

Blackmere Consulting

About: Blackmere Consulting is dedicated to recruitment of Information Security professionals. With over 40 years of combined nationwide technical recruitment expertise, our technical recruiting experts have built time tested, successful partnerships with industry leaders within Fortune 100 and emerging growth companies. Our strategy relies on a strong partnership with our clients and the ability to perform as a trusted partner in your business with focus on quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

Blackmere's solutions include direct hire, consultants, contractors and contract-to-hire employees. Our search specialists' expertise spans technologies and industries from mid-level to executive search.

Specialties: Chief Information Security Officer, Director of Information Security, Information Security Auditors, Malware Engineers, Cyber Security Researchers, Control Systems Experts, Identity & Access Management, Network Security, Application Security, Mobile Security, Security Compliance, IT Security Engineers, Vulnerability Assessment.

Contact: Domini Clark,

Phone: 208-932-2750


361 Centennial Parkway, Suite 150

Louisville, Colorado 80027

About: Coalfire grew 39% last year, hired 80 people and currently have over 30 openings in Colorado, Seattle, Atlanta, Irvine, Dallas, etc.

Coalfire is a leading IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) firm that provides assessment, audit, security, and compliance solutions for over 1,000 customers throughout North America. Coalfire delivers these services to companies in the retail, financial services, government, healthcare, education, legal, and public electric utility industries. Their solutions are adapted to requirements under emerging data privacy legislation including PCI, GLBA, HIPAA, NERC CIP, SOX, and FISMA.

Specialties: Audits in the growing healthcare, PCI, SOX and ISO space

Contact: Diana Calderoni, Staffing

Phone: 303-554-7555

CT Partners (formerly known as Christian & Timbers)

875 15th Street NW, Suite 901

Washington, DC 20005

About: For over 25 years, CTPartners has helped Fortune 1000, NASDAQ, venture-backed companies and the US Government build world-class security and risk management leadership teams to lead threat analysis, operational/cyber security, asset, employee protection, and business continuity programs.

Specialties: Business Continuity, Information Security, Physical Security, Fraud, Risk, Anti-money Laundering

Defense Recruiters LLC

3324 W. 23rd Avenue

Denver, CO 80211

About: Defense Recruiters LLC specializes in the global search and placement of Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence professionals within the US Intelligence community.

Contact: Claudia Zwick


Phone: (866) 205-1257

Evan Scott Group

801 North Fairfax, Suite 207

Alexandria, VA 22314

About: Evan Scott Group International is a retainer based executive search firm. The company has six partners who each have more than fifteen years of retainer based executive search experience. Founded in 2000, the firm helps companies from around the globe recruit executive talent who know how to work effectively with federal agencies and integrators. The firm is a member of The Homeland Defense and Security Council, Washington Chapter of USO and member of INFRAGARD.

Specialties: CSO, CISO, VP Security, VP Business Development-All Federal Agencies, VP Sales, Federal and Commercial, VP Sales-State and Local, VP Business Development-State and Local, VP Marketing, CEO, President/COO, CFO, VP Government and Public Affairs General Council, VP or GM, Federal Operations, VP Human Resources, VP Human Capital

Contact: Evan Scott, First Arrow Executive Search

About: First Arrow is an executive search firm focuses on the Intelligence, DOD and Federal Civilian Community within the DC Metro area.

First Arrow serves as a trusted partner to identify, evaluate, recruit and most importantly land the talent within a company. The Managing Partner Shunil Joseph has built key relationships with former government agency executives, company executives and other key subject matter experts. Whether the company is a product vendor, government contractor, does research and development, is a systems integrator or specialized technology company, he has the understanding of the market and a large network of connections to match the right talent to the right company. First Arrow is tightly connected within the 3 letter Agency world and has access to the top 20% of candidates with Poly's that are not in the market for a new role and are passive candidates

Previous Searches: VP Operation Intelligence, CISO, Director Cyber Operations, VP BD Cyber Business, VP DHS Business, Director BD NSA, Senior VP Federal Civilian Business, Director FMV Business, Director BD, DIA, Senior Intel Advisor for Treasury, Chief Architect NSA Business, VP Operations DOD and CTO.

Specialties: Information Assurance, Infosec, Cybersecurity, ISR, Geospatial, Geoint, Sigint, Intelligence Analysis, Cloud Computing, CBRNE, SETA, Capture, BD and Government Relations.

Contact: Shunil Joseph

Managing Partner

Intelligence\DOD\Federal Civilian Practice

Phone: 703-987-7565

Cell 615-429-7509


5140 Main Street, Ste. 303-120

Williamsville, New York 14221

About: LenznerGroup specializes in executive search and consulting services in Security and Technology Risk Management. For over a decade, LenznerGroup is recognized for partnering with Global 500, Fortune 1000, professional services and private sector organizations to recruit vetted, highly sought talent for established and emerging markets.

Specialties: Enterprise Security, Technology Risk & Compliance, Privacy & Mobility, Cyber Law, Policy, Digital Investigation, Forensics & Incident Response.

Contact: Contact: Tracy

Phone: 212-920-6155

L.J. Kushner and Associates LLC
36 West Main St., Suite 302
Freehold, NJ 07728

About: L. J. Kushner and Associates, LLC is an executive recruitment firm specializing exclusively in the recruitment of Management, Technical, and Sales Professionals in the field of Information Security. The firms clients include Fortune 2000 companies, information security product companies, information security service providers, enterprise software companies, international consulting firms and systems integrators.

Specialties: Information Security Leadership positions (CSO, CISO, IT Risk Management), Information Security Architects, Governance and Compliance, Technical Security Subject Matter Experts (Software Security, Application Security, Network Security, Identity and Access Management), Penetration Testers, Computer Forensics, and Information Security Professional Services Leadership.

Lee Kushner, President
Office: 732-577-8100

Manta Security Management Recruiters
999 E. Basse Road, Suite 180-186
San Antonio, TX 78209

About: The executive recruitment and placement division of Farina and Associates, Ltd., dedicated exclusively to providing security management and loss prevention professionals to all global industries.


We focus on identifying and presenting Top-Talented leadership and management candidates in security, loss prevention, investigations and compliance roles for clients in the following positions: Chief Security Officer (CSO), Sales & Account Managers, Directors of Security and Loss Prevention, Business Development Managers, Corporate Security, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Professionals, Executive Protection Agent and Corporate Investigators, Business Continuity, Government-Cleared, Maritime Security Operators, Antiterrorism & Counterterrorism Specialists.

Contact: Philip Farina, CPPEmail: Phone: (305) 517-3664

McIntyre Associates

About: McIntyre Associates is a retained executive search boutique specializing at the intersection of Cybersecurity, Enterprise SaaS & Security Analytics. Clients range from Venture Capital and Private Equity funded startups, to Fortune 500 and DoD companies seeking to monetize powerful Defense technology in the commercial marketplace.

Since 2001 we have worked behind the scenes in Cybersecurity, recruiting Wall Street credible executives and board members with a track record of scaling next generation security startups into profitable operating companies. This often involves supporting larger companies needing to hire “startup mentality” execs with a combination of both large & small company experience, as well as specific sector expertise. Over the last several years we have played a key role in helping security companies recruit management capable of leveraging the transition from legacy technology to enterprise grade security products delivered via SaaS.

Specialties: We have quantifiable, successful experience in recruiting for all functions across the executive suite (CEO, CFO, CMO, VP HR, VP DevOps, etc.). Our highly specialized business model differs from most recruiting firms in that we have “skin in the game” - we often get paid in stock in our client companies, which allows us to attend Board meetings, thus empowering us deliver true management consulting value beyond the basics of recruiting.

Please visit for references, blog posts, and detailed summaries of our recently completed searches.

Jeff McIntyre, President

New York, NY

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