RSM Expands Consulting Services with Acquisition of SecureState

Chicago-based RSM US (FY17 net revenue of $2 billion) acquired SecureState of Cleveland, a national security and privacy consulting firm, effective March 1.

Ken Stasiak, founder and CEO of SecureState, will join RSM as a consulting principal, and his full team will transition to RSM upon closing. The transaction adds more than 50 individuals to the team.

“Cybersecurity is cited by middle market business leaders as one of the foremost risks to their business,” says Brian Becker, national consulting leader for RSM US. “We have been experiencing tremendous growth in our security and privacy services due to clients’ needs in this area. We are thrilled to enhance our ability to help existing clients and other middle market businesses address their cybersecurity concerns by joining forces with SecureState.”

“Our expertise and service offerings represent a perfect fit for RSM’s growing security and privacy practice. We are excited to join the foremost provider of consulting services to middle market leaders, and we look forward to continuing to serve our client base while at the same time helping RSM’s many clients achieve stronger levels of security within their businesses,” says Stasiak.

Allan Koltin, CEO of Koltin Consulting Group, who advised both firms on the combination says, “This was a real coup for RSM and will help to significantly expand their security and privacy consulting practice. Secure State was sought after both by many national accounting and consulting  firms as well as private equity groups. Ken Stasiak is an incredible visionary and entrepreneur and he and his team will thrive in RSM.”

“Consulting has been an area of rapid growth for RSM during the last several years,” says Joe Adams, MP and CEO of RSM US. “I am constantly impressed by the team’s ability to innovate and stay ahead of the changing needs of our clients. We are particularly pleased to expand our ability to provide security and privacy consulting solutions, and we look forward to the knowledge and expertise the SecureState team will bring to our firm.”