Gordon Shevlin: A Distinguished Leader Enabling Agile Enterprises Risk Management

Allgress is a global provider of automated next-generation integrated cloud and on-premise IT Security, Compliance and Risk Management Solutions for organizations and their business partners to meet business objectives with less risk. Its solutions enable organizations to automate processes for assessment, reporting, monitoring, and remediation of business risks with less complexity and reduced management costs. Unlike other similar solutions, Allgress’ patented award-winning technology allows customers to continuously derive quicker-time-to-value, reducing business risk without an army of consultants.

Allgress was founded in 2008 with 11 years of mature technology that is continuously evolving to meet the demands of customers from a business, feature/function and technological perspective. Its solutions are powerful enough to be used by a Fortune 500 company while utilizing a small team. They have the fastest time to value in the industry as customers are able to deploy and utilize partial or full functionality within days to weeks as opposed to months.

An Enriched Industry Leader

Gordon Shevlin is the CEO of Allgress Inc, a Goverence, Risk and Compliance (GRC) company, and one of several security companies he has co-founded over a career spanning more than 25 years. Prior to Allgress, Gordon co-founded SiegeWorks and SiegeWorks International, a digital defence services firm. There he grew the company, built a strong international presence, and managed its successful acquisition by FishNet Security, the nation’s leading provider of information security solutions. With his breadth of knowledge in information security, Gordon has been invited to serve on the advisory boards of 12 leading information security companies. In addition to being a serial entrepreneur, he has been dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of information security professionals through his volunteer work with ISSA. Among his many roles, Gordon has been President and Vice President of the ISSA Silicon Valley Chapter, CFO of ISSA International, and has held board positions for three consecutive terms. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Managing Risk and Compliance to Drive Business Performance

Gordon believes organizations are aware of the need for a significant improvement in how they achieve risk, compliance objectives within their own organization and extended ecosphere of business partners. They need an integrated continuous view of operational and compliance risk to effectively manage risk objectives. That’s where Allgress helps organizations across different industry verticals of any size to reduce business risk.

The Allgress Insight Risk Management Suite (IRMS) provides automation of  the entire end-to-end process of GRC to help organizations manage business risk objectives and accountability of their organization and business partners to keep pace with rapid. . IRMS provides management of the entire risk and compliance management process for on-premise, cloud and hybrid environments by leveraging APIs, bots and artificial intelligence. The company stands out from other solutions in terms of quick time-to-value, usability, simplicity, and affordability.

Allgress was also the first vendor to utilize Amazon Web Services (AWS) API for compliance and security management of an AWS environment.

Leveraging Customer Feedback to Gain Insights

Allgress focuses on user groups to obtain product feedback and pervasive use cases from customers who would like to enhance business value while reducing business risk from their offering and receive competitive insights. It provides a forum for customers to share use cases and best practices with the company as well as with other customers.

Allgress has social media channels for customer commentary on LinkedIn and Twitter and is planning a customer blog in the near future. The company allows customers to submit enhancement requests on its customer portal. It also uses Scheduled Classroom and on-site training as an opportunity for customers and partners to share use cases, best practices, competitive insight and product input.

Helping Organizations Manage Risk and Compliance Challenges Head On

Gordon feels one of the biggest challenges faced by organizations today is complexity because of the way they manage their risk and compliance doing it manually, using homegrown tools or complex tools from other vendors. That complexity is coupled with changes in technology, the adoption of cloud computing, IoT, business evolution, new and changing regulations like CCPA, FedRamp and partner requirements. The factor of everything being a continuous moving target adding to the complications.

“Changes in every aspect of evolving technology, regulations and customer requirements while continuing to improve the intuitiveness of the product has been the biggest challenge for Allgress,” Gordon added.

Awards and Recognitions

Allgress has received 5/5/ Star Rating in the 2019 Risk and Policy Management Group Product Reviews by SC Magazine. This solution offers substantial automation of end-to-end risk management processes for increased time-to-value, usability, simplicity, and affordability. The SC Magazine gave a verdict that Allgress’ integrated risk management with a modular architecture means organizations of all sizes can leverage this product.

Allgress was recognized by Gartner in its 2019 Critical Capabilities for IT Risk Management Solutions. The company was named a Challenger in Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for IT Risk Management. It was honored by the Popular Vote of the InfoSec Community as Gold Winner in (AWS) Cloud Security for ComplianceVison (for AWS) and by the Popular Vote of the InfoSec Community as Silver Winner in Risk Management for Insight Risk Manager Suite v7 in 2019 Cybersecurity Product Awards.

Moreover, Allgress was named Gold Winner in Risk Management for the 15th Annual Info Security PG’s 2019 Global Excellence Awards.

The Road Ahead

Gordon believes as organizations  work to reduce the complexity of risk and compliance management , many company’s want to use the least amount of multiple providers. Allgress will continue to lead the industry supporting multi-cloud strategies and hybrid environments with greater flexibility, improved automation, and lower costs.

Gordon sees the need to implement more connectors to IT and non-IT data sources for a more complete picture of the business and IT risk without the customer having to learn anything new and better leverage current and new acquisitions of other technology solutions.

As the technology matures, the company plans to implement more comprehensive smart rules, API’s for machine to machine communications, AI, bots, and machine learning.