FishNet Security

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FishNet Security Inc.
Industry Information security
Founded Blue Springs, Missouri, United States June 15, 1996 (1996-06-15)
Founder Gary Fish
Headquarters Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Area served
Key people
Services Information security services, Technology support and training
Revenue Increase US$ $422.36 million (2011)
Number of employees
540 (August, 2012)
FishNet Security's corporate headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas

FishNet Security Inc. is a privately owned Information security company based in Overland Park, Kansas, United States.[1] FishNet Security sells information security services, technology, support and training. It serves companies worldwide,[2] including most of the Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 businesses in the United States.[3] It considers itself largely “vendor-agnostic”[4] when delivering client security solutions and uses its close relationships with more than 100 technology equipment manufacturers, rather than a select few, to provide many of its information security offerings.

Major solution areas of focus[edit]

The company focuses on six major solution areas:

  • Consulting Services — focuses on vulnerability identification, information security readiness and regulatory compliance
  • Federal — focuses on federal government entities
  • Managed Security Services (MSS) — under the company’s Secure365 brand umbrella, it offers ThreatDetect,[5] ThreatProtect, ThreatAssist and ThreatResponse
  • Strategic Staffing — provides staffing to fill short- and long-term gaps in human resources
  • Technology — offers data and information security hardware and software from product manufacturers
  • Training — provides classroom training, remote live training and e-learning

Consulting specialties[edit]

FishNet Security’s Consulting Services group addresses the following specialties:[6]

Key vertical industries[edit]

While FishNet Security serves organizations of all sizes in nearly every industry, the company provides particular focus on these nine major sectors:[7]

History: 1996-present[edit]

Gary Fish founded the company in his Blue Springs, Missouri home as FishNet Consulting on June 15, 1996, to provide Kansas City-area businesses with protection against emerging Internet security threats.[8] In 1997, the company signed a contract with its first public sector customer, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI). That same year, Fish moved the company to an office suite in Overland Park, Kansas, and hired the local security consulting firm’s first employees.

In 1998, the company moved to an office located at 601 Walnut St. in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The company also began to establish support agreements with IT and security equipment manufacturers and created a Network Operations Center to provide direct support to customers. In 1999, the company rebranded itself as FishNet Security Inc. and opened its first office outside of Kansas City – in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2002, the company moved to a larger building at 1710 Walnut St. near downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The company also occupied 1709 Walnut St. and some floors at 1627 Main St., both near to the main headquarters building.

In March 2006, FishNet Security acquired SiegeWorks LLC, a California-based information security firm, to boost its presence in the Western United States.[9]

In July 2006, FishNet Security acquired Virginia-based True North Solutions to help it expand into the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern regions of the United States.[10]

On March 17, 2008, Lake Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm, invested in FishNet Security to provide additional capital and strategic resources for continued growth in the security industry.[11] Lake Capital focuses on investments in service-based enterprises across various industries.

In March 2009, FishNet Security acquired Tampa, Fla.-based Acuity Solutions to primarily help it expand into the Southeastern United States.[12]

In December 2011, FishNet Security acquired Atlanta-based Logic Trends Inc., a provider of identity and access management solutions.[13]

On April 16, 2012, the company moved to 6130 Sprint Parkway — a building on the Sprint Campus in Overland Park, Kansas.[14] The new headquarters features the largest corporate interactive touchscreen and the largest curved corporate video tile wall in the United States as part of its Executive Briefing Center.[15] The information security firm serves approximately 5,000 customers from nearly 30 office locations.

On November 4, 2013, FishNet Security acquired Sunnyvale-based TorreyPoint Inc., a provider of Network engineering solutions as well as Professional services.[16]

On November 5, 2014, FishNet Security and Accuvant announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to merge. This transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015 pending relevant regulatory approvals.[17][18] The Blackstone Group will remain the majority stake holder after the merger.[19][20]

Corporate recognition and brand[edit]

In 2011, CRN magazine named FishNet Security the #1 security firm in North America.[21]

In 2013, Kansas City Business Journal named FishNet Security as one of the best places to work in Kansas City.[22]

Thought leadership[edit]

FishNet Security contributes to the thought leadership of the information security industry largely through a subsection of its website called 6Labs.[23] This section includes shared community information via blogs, white papers, events, research centers, speaking engagements, a resource library and a speakers bureau.


Although FishNet Security sells its own company-branded security solutions, it has forged partnerships with other industry firms to deliver a broader range of solutions. Here are some examples of the companies with which FishNet Security partners:

Industry affiliations[edit]


  1. ^ "FishNet Security Company Description". Dun & Bradstreet Corp. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "FishNet Security goes international; see its new offices". Kansas City Business Journal. August 16, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Press Release (May 21, 2012). "FishNet Security Opens New Security Operations Center and Executive Briefing Center". Marketwire. 
  4. ^ "FishNet Security Technology Research Center". Company website. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Press Release (February 15, 2012). "FishNet Security Introduces ThreatDetect, a New Information Security Threat Monitoring and Response Service". Marketwire. 
  6. ^ "FishNet Security Consulting". Company website. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "FishNet Security - By Industry". Company website. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "KCnext Board of Directors". The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ "FishNet Security Merges with California-based SiegeWorks LLC". News Blaze. March 6, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ McLaughlin, Kevin (June 18, 2006). "FishNet Expands Footprint with True North Acquisition". CRN. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ Natenberg, Todd (March 30, 2008). "Firm pays $100M-plus to land FishNet stake". Kansas City Business Journal. 
  12. ^ "FishNet reels in acquisition of Tampa-based Acuity Solutions". Kansas City Business Journal. March 20, 2009. 
  13. ^ Lennon, Mike (December 20, 2011). "FishNet Security Acquires IAM Vendor Logic Trends". SecurityWeek. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ Raletz, Alyson (July 5, 2011). "FishNet Security will move to Sprint Nextel Campus". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ Press Release (May 21, 2012). "FishNet Security Opens New Security Operations Center and Executive Briefing Center". Marketwire. 
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  21. ^ Hagendorf Follett, Jennifer (June 15, 2011). "2011 VAR500 Awards: Best of the Best/Top Technology Practice — Security". CRN. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  22. ^ Bean, Katie (August 16, 2013). "Announcing the 2013 Best Places to Work in Kansas City". Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ James Ottavio Castagnera (November 12, 2011). "Castagnera on Higher Ed, HR, and Risk Management". 

External links[edit]

Corporate information

Official website

FishNet Security on Twitter

FishNet Security on Facebook