The cyberspace today isn’t what it used to be. While one always feared the immense possibilities of what the cyber world could provide, the deadly cyber attacks have become an international concern today. High-profile breaches, impossible data thefts, an endless number of hacks and more have created a frightening scenario in the cyberspace today. A cyber attack can potentially exploit computer systems and technology-dependent enterprises and networks. And the need for a safe and steady cybersecurity solution is now more than ever.
Realizing the growing online business market in Europe in the early 2000s, Christoph Baumgartner saw an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a state-of-the-art cybersecurity consulting company. He realized that there was a high need for cybersecurity services and established Oneconsult. Be it any sort of threat, internal or external like malware infections, hacker attacks or even digital fraud and data leakage, Oneconsult takes care of all cybersecurity needs an organization may have.
The Path for Better Security
It all started in 2003 when Christoph along with Tobias Ellenberger and others set out to provide security solutions. Tobias is currently the Chief Operating Officer and the leading force of the international growth of Oneconsult. Today, the company has more than 350 clients, where many are international organizations. With such a vast and diverse client base, Oneconsult has expanded in Europe and Australia. The company’s group currently consists of the holding “Oneconsult International AG” and its subsidiary companies “Oneconsult AG” and “Oneconsult Deutschland GmbH”.
But the journey of expansion and growth of the company was a laborious process. “In the early years of Oneconsult, there was a great demand for penetration tests of customer IT infrastructures,” recalls Christoph Baumgartner, the founder and CEO. However, over the course of time, the business moved to cyberspace with the security testing of web applications, like online shops and internet banking portals, and industrial control systems became increasingly important. Soon, it was the right time to release services like standard-based high-level gap analyses (NIST, ISO, etc.), digital forensics and incident response services.
“Over time, projects have become larger and more complex as environments and objects have become increasingly more digitized, connected, leading, amongst others, to embedded devices and the Internet of Things,” he adds. With the increase in a number of cybercrimes, Oneconsult started having project teams with dedicated cybersecurity specialists from different backgrounds and key competencies. At present, Oneconsult is made up of a strong cybersecurity team of over 40 security experts.
The Growth Curve
While finance is an important requirement to start a company, experiences are extremely valuable as well. Christoph’s previous work experiences have significantly influenced the set up and the continuous development of the company. 15 years of delivering excellent solutions have resulted in strongly positive customer feedback. At the same time, the critical and constructive feedback fueled the engine for the continuous improvement of Oneconsult’s services. There’s also been an increase in quality in various areas like processes, tools, and documentation.
The key driving factors that Christoph implemented was involving the employees in decision-making, trusting them and giving them the space to implement their own ideas and also coaching them and backing them up when mistakes happen. “Encouraging people, appreciating their contribution, rewarding them and combining the strengths of all individuals will make a company excel in its field of business. This is what makes Oneconsult successful,” he sincerely believes.
Speaking about the future, Christoph says that Oneconsult plans to invest in broadening its security service portfolio along with pursuing a sustainable growth strategy. New subsidiaries in key markets and a stronger international foothold are also some of the future plans.
The Triangle of Success
Company Approach and Philosophy: Oneconsult is an owner-managed and vendor-independent consultancy for unbiased, pragmatic advice with only salaried employees.
Staff: The Oneconsult team is made up of highly qualified cybersecurity experts, including certified penetration testers, digital forensics specialists, ISO security auditors and dedicated IT security researchers to solve even the most demanding information security challenges.
Trustworthiness and Flexibility: At the heart of Oneconsult are long-term customer relationships based on high-quality Swiss cybersecurity services as well as flexible resource management to meet demanding customer deadlines and project challenges.
Meet the Expert
Christoph Baumgartner founded Oneconsult AG in 2003 and has been Chief Executive Officer since. Together with Tobias Ellenberger he represents the operative management of Oneconsult group and heads the management team. Christoph has been working as a consultant focusing on IT security and IT strategy since 1996. Before setting up Oneconsult, Christoph has held a number of management positions at various respected system and security integrators. He is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, an OSSTMM Professional Security Tester (OPST) and an ISECOM board member.
“Oneconsult offers cutting-edge cyber security services, focusing on penetration tests/ethical hacking, ISO 27001 security audits and incident response & digital forensics.”
“The common passion for cybersecurity combined with a great team spirit is the key driver to work jointly on complex security projects for the benefit of the customer.”