CISSP, CISM, CISA, CCISO, CCSK
Evan Francen is a passionate information security expert who serves businesses of all sizes, in all industries by cooperatively solving the complex issues surrounding information security. He is considered to be an “information security evangelist”.
Prior to establishing FRSecure, Evan spent more than 15 years as a leading information security professional and corporate leader in both private and public companies. He is well-versed in governmental and industry-specific regulations, standards and guidelines including ISO/IEC 27002 (17799:2005), HIPAA, GLBA, PCI-DSS, FDA CFR Part 11, SOX and COBIT, but also understands the intricacies in aligning compliance with business objectives. Most recently, and prior to establishing FRSecure LLC, Evan established the formal information security programs for four publicly-traded companies; Corel Corporation (CREL), Mattersight Corporation (MATR), MGI Pharma(MOGN) and Eisai Ltd (TSE).
Kevin Orth holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Earning his MBA was a personal goal, but much of the core business knowledge he gained helps him manage operations on a daily basis for FRSecure.
Kevin’s dual backgrounds in technology and business give him a rare ability to not only understand technical details, but also to communicate them to business people who may have little to no technical background. His strengths include understanding complex situations and possessing the ability to get through the complexity to the heart of the issue quickly.
VP of Operations
John Harmon is an alum of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and has 10+ years of business leadership and IT industry experience. Since joining FRSecure in 2012, John has worked with FRSecure clients and partners to further FRSecure’s world-class mission of building better security programs. As VP of Operations, John has developed an affinity for information security regulation. His primary focus is helping our clients clarify security requirements and start working toward an effective information security strategy. His ability to effectively communicate to individuals and groups is derivative of his business leadership experience and 15+ years as a classically trained singer, a passion he still pursues today. Internal process improvement is also a focus for John. As FRSecure continues to enjoy positive growth and reach, he is working behind the scenes to refine procedures and leverage our customer feedback to keep FRSecure providing ever-improving value.
Team Lead – VCISO/Consulting/HIPAA
Bryan McGowan has spent his career helping companies build technology solutions and operations teams from the ground up. Specializing in startups and new growth technology, Bryan has played multiple roles in the development, implementation and operations of supporting infrastructure.
Bryan has extensive knowledge in protection of personal information, the application of HIPAA and HITECH regulations and audit frameworks for service organizations under SSAE-16 including SOC-1 and SOC-2. Bryan’s portfolio of technical work includes colocation and virtualization, enterprise VOIP and deployment of secure applications in public and private clouds.
His experience as an information technology architect while being a hands-on administrator provide him with a unique perspective on the intersection of business needs and technical solutions. Whether managing an IT operations or leading security teams, Bryan has “been there and done that”. With his easy going, plain-spoken manner and collaborative style, Bryan brings this depth of experience to FRSecure’s clients and assists them in building stronger and more effective security programs.
Team Lead – Development
CISSP, GSSP-.NET, MCSE, CNA
Tim Carlson has extensive experience across multiple disciplines: information security, application development, database architecture and design, highly available web application implementations, networking, virtualization technology, storage systems, system administration, business continuity implementations, and line of business application integration. He has held a hands-on technology leadership role for over 15 years in various positions and understands the complexity and challenges around growth, continuous change, and adopting information security into the environment.
Tim has a unique ability to design application systems from the top down while simultaneously designing from the bottom up. This approach leads to business requirement flexibility and the incorporation of technical and security requirements into the early stages of development.
Tim’s hybrid experience yields valuable strengths between infrastructure systems, applications, and information security. With this, he has the understanding and experience to help bridge communication gaps between siloed departments and help companies develop secure applications.