On a mission to help create a more secure world. One enterprise at a time.

At BARR, our mission is to help create a more secure world — where organizations of all sizes — are empowered to anticipate, navigate and act upon issues related to risk, cybersecurity and compliance.

We believe complicated mandates shouldn’t be a barrier to your organization and the work you love to do. That’s why we take the complexity out of security and compliance, and work with you to create an infrastructure built on accountability and transparency. Because where there’s transparency, there’s trust. Let’s work together to give your organization’s stakeholders a reason to trust.

BARR Advisory Company Overview

The BARR Difference

We do more than check the box; we add real value. Our focus is on building relationships and understanding our clients’ needs, so we can help strengthen security, ensure compliance and grow business.

Our Values

We uphold the highest professional standards. We drive the industry forward by doing what we say and maintaining objectivity.

We follow the Golden Rule and act responsibly and respectfully at all times.

We overcome challenges through our unwavering determination to deliver superior client service. It’s our tenacity that distinguishes us and our entrepreneurial spirit that fuels our passion for excellence.

We simplify complicated mandates, so businesses understand how they can become more secure and successful.

We are always accessible to our clients, team members and industry partners. We’re relentless in our pursuit to add more value.

We value diversity of thought, talent, background and culture. We believe great strength lies in our collective similarities and differences to view problems from various perspectives.

We know that every piece of data has value. It’s our job to understand it, assign value to it and protect it. By constantly measuring and adjusting our methods, we continue to drive innovation and further our results-driven culture.

Our Values

  • Transparency
  • Respect
  • Perseverance
  • Simplicity
  • Unparalleled Support
  • Diversity
  • Measurable Outcome

Industry Partnerships

BARR Advisory is proud to partner with an exclusive group of service providers, like Reciprocity, Inc., which allows our clients access to ZenGRC, a cloud-based GRC software that helps compliance and audit managers get beyond spreadsheets to execute their programs more maturely. By collaborating with market leaders, we continue to innovate and provide our clients with world-class solutions.

Our Leadership Team

BARR Advisory leaders are driven, innovative change-makers dedicated to delivering superior client service. Our passion for industry, years of experience and friendly demeanor, instill confidence in our clients. With our leadership, tools and expertise, we can help your organization achieve the security you need and the compliance to succeed.

Bradley Thies, founder and president

Brad Thies

Founder and President

As Founder and President of BARR Advisory, Brad Thies leads all aspects of the organization’s global client service delivery and security assessment services including SOC, ISO, PCI, NIST and HIPAA examinations, FedRAMP reviews and GRC consulting services. Under Brad’s leadership, BARR has become one of the most sought-after third-party assessors in the cloud computing space.

Brad is a recognized thought leader on security and compliance in the cloud computing space. He is a regular guest speaker at industry events, such as ISACA conferences and a member of the AICPA’s Trust Integrity Task Force. Brad’s professional advice has been featured in Entrepreneur, Cloud Computing Journal and Information Security Buzz. Prior to founding BARR, Brad managed KPMG's IT advisory services division. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

Mitch Evans, director risk

Mitch Evans

Director, Risk Consulting

As BARR Advisory’s Director of Risk Consulting, Mitch Evans guides the planning and execution of information technology audits, client risk assessments and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) services for our rapidly expanding client portfolio. He specializes in performing assessments over the design and implementation of control requirements based on current industry standards, government regulations and customer requirements.

Mitch was previously a senior associate at KPMG, where he helped large clients meet multiple compliance needs within the healthcare, finance and retail industries. He is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

Neil Anderson

Information Protection Partner

As Information Protection Partner, Neil Anderson lives up to his title. With over 17 years of diverse experience in IT, Neil is an accomplished team leader, penetration tester, compliance auditor, security trainer, interface designer, data center manager and Unix systems administrator. He is a published author on topics including network vulnerability assessments, technical manuals, security policies and compliance gap analysis.

Neil's focus is on communicating security assessment results to executive leadership and technical staff.

David Friedrichs

Engagement Quality Partner

As Engagement Quality Partner, David Friedrichs brings over 18 years of leadership experience in governance, risk and compliance. Prior to his role as Engagement Quality Partner, David was a senior manager with KPMG's Advisory Services practice in St. Louis.

David is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

Lauren Hannawald, director and brand operations

Lauren Hannawald

Director, Brand and Operations

As Director of Brand and Operations, Lauren leads BARR Advisory’s global brand management, creative services, and marketing and communications strategy. In her role, Lauren is responsible for developing strategic marketing initiatives designed to showcase our expanding advisory and compliance services as well as assist BARR clients with all communications needs associated with promoting successful audits to internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to BARR, Lauren was the director of marketing for a private university. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree from New York University.

Bruce Scott Vice President

Bruce Scott

Vice President, Solutions

As Vice President of Solutions, Bruce Scott is responsible for global business opportunities and sales strategy for BARR Advisory. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience driving business growth for companies in high tech, banking and government.

Bruce is passionate about collaborating with innovative people to provide world-class solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Portland State University and is a member of the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s Marketing Advisory Council.

Kyle Helles, BARR Advisory, Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

Kyle Helles

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As Senior Consultant for BARR Advisory's Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Kyle leads the execution of engagement activities based on client needs. She specializes in performing assessments over the design and operating effectiveness of control environments based on industry trends, leading best practice, and regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining BARR Advisory, Kyle held audit roles in EY’s IT Risk and Assurance practice, Frontier Communications and Conduent Business Services. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).