About

Headquartered near Portland, Maine, Deer Brook provides information security, privacy, and IT consulting services to government and private sector clients. Our team delivers comprehensive services, including security and privacy program development, IT leadership and management, and data breach response – from forensic IT investigation to media management. Under the leadership of its President, Ande Smith, the Deer Brook team is focused on delivering solutions that are practical and both effectively and sustainably matched to client capabilities.

Strategic Advisory Board

Deer Brook has formed an advisory board of senior IT leaders to support its strategy refinement and positioning as a leader of cyber and compliancy services to small-medium organizations.  Deer Brook’s President and founder Ande Smith notes,

“Cyber challenges have never been greater.  Criminal gangs and their nation-state analogs are upping the game and broadening the target base to smaller business and organizations.  The US response has been to establish ever increasing defensive regulatory requirements and liability on these targets – often demanding skills and expertise beyond their capability.  Deer Brook is meeting these needs today and with the help of our new advisory board looks forward to enhancing its offering in support of these communities.”

Ande Smith – President & Principal

Download Ande’s CV » Ande’s successful leadership of Deer Brook stems from the wealth of his experiences over the years. As the Director of Information Security following the data breach of the US division of a top-25 multi-national retailer, he successfully rebuilt its information security and privacy compliance programs, leading a team of 16 people, with programmatic responsibility for more than 100,000 associates, 1,600 retail locations, and three data centers. In this role, he had direct compliance responsibilities for a wide range of regulator regimes, including those under the PCI DSS, HIPAA, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley. Ande also served as COO of a fast growing information security and IT consultancy. In addition to leading the company’s business and internal IT operations, he personally consulted with government and private sector clients on information security and governance, including response to and remediation and recovery from data breaches. Ande instills Deer Brook with practical and sustainable focus, informed by his leadership and management experience, including his service as a Submarine Officer, where he recently led 800 reserve component sailors nationwide as an undersea warfare battle force for the US Navy. Ande also brings legal training to bear to his consulting engagements, with over fifteen years of firm practice and as in-house counsel, specializing in IT, privacy and regulatory compliance.