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Hi, I’m Lars Birkeland

With over 25 years of experience in IT and cyber risk management, I specialize in helping organizations navigate the complex landscape of digital security.

As a CISO, I bring a depth of knowledge in risk assessment, compliance, and Information security Management Systems (ISMS).

My approach is rooted in helping businesses manage cyber risk for productivity and growth. All this ensures security, resilience, and adaptability around evolving threats.

Outside of work, I’m passionate about Creative Writing, Cybersecurity, AI, and Coffee, which keeps me balanced and continuously learning.

Having worked with several well-known companies operating across various industries, from government and insurance to healthcare, my experience extends not only to the area’s core work but also cyber and risk assessment, compliance, and internal control and governance frameworks.

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Educational tips and guides

In this blog, I will provide educational tips and guides on securing your small business. As a small business owner, it is crucial to understand the importance of cybersecurity and the potential threats that can harm your company.

I will cover all the steps that small business owners can take to protect their companies from potential security breaches.

By following these guides, you can secure your small business and give yourself peace of mind knowing your company is protected.

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Why make a blog

After many years in the information security industry, there is still a lack of knowledge about cybersecurity and information security.

That is why I want to create a blog for all managers of small and medium-sized companies, self-employed people, and others such as students and individuals who wish to have a more secure digital everyday life.

Cybersecurity has become increasingly important as more information is stored online. As technology advances, so does the need for knowledgeable professionals that can help protect us from potential threats.

If you want to get started in the world of cyber security, here is my free email course to get you up to speed:

Free Email Course
7-Day Cybersecurity Email Course!

Boost your cybersecurity confidence, reduce risk, and protect your business assets. A comprehensive email course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to safeguard your business. Daily, bite-sized lessons for busy entrepreneurs.

By the end of the course, you'll understand cybersecurity essentials for your business.

My experience will be your knowlage

This is what I will use my eperience to deliver to you:

  • Give you the knowlage to Navigate cybersecurity with confidence – from basic concepts to advanced strategies.
  • Kickstart your cybersecurity career – learn about prerequisites, career paths, and professional opportunities.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of threats and practical prevention methods to bolster your digital security.
  • Ace cloud security – Uncover the unique challenges of cloud security and learn best practices for a safer digital environment.
  • Secure your WordPress site – Follow our comprehensive guide on best security practices, handling vulnerabilities, and effective plugins.
  • Navigate cybersecurity governance – Stay updated with standards and compliance to align your practices with the legal and ethical landscape.

Please note that all content on this website represents my personal views and is produced in my personal time. The opinions and perspectives expressed here do not reflect those of my employer or any other organization.

Do you need help with handling cyber risk and privacy. Book a free conversation, where we can discuss your challenges around this topic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have Questions About My Services? I Have Answers!

How Do We Get Started?

Getting started is easy. Contact me for a free initial consultation, during which we’ll discuss your business needs, current cybersecurity posture, and how our services can help protect your business. From there, we’ll outline the next steps, including a detailed cyber risk assessment and customized service proposal.

Who Needs Cyber Risk Management Services?

Any business that relies on digital technologies for its operations can benefit from cyber risk management services. This includes small and medium-sized businesses, large corporations, and organizations across all industries. In today’s digital age, virtually every business is at risk of cyber threats, making cyber risk management essential.

How Do You Conduct a Cyber Risk Assessment?

Our cyber risk assessment process involves a thorough examination of your current cybersecurity posture, including your IT infrastructure, policies, and procedures. We identify vulnerabilities, evaluate potential threats, and assess the impact of potential incidents on your business. Based on our findings, we provide a detailed report with actionable recommendations to strengthen your defenses.

Can You Help with Compliance Requirements?

Yes, I can assist your business in meeting various cybersecurity compliance requirements, such as GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, and more. Our services include assessing your current compliance status, identifying gaps, and providing guidance on measures needed to ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

What Does Your Ongoing Risk Management Program Include?

Our ongoing risk management program includes continuous monitoring of your cybersecurity posture, regular updates to your risk assessment based on new threats or changes in your business, incident response planning, and employee training programs. We work closely with you to ensure your business remains protected at all times.

How Often Should We Conduct Cyber Risk Assessments?

I recommend conducting a comprehensive cyber risk assessment at least annually or whenever significant changes occur within your business or IT environment. Additionally, our ongoing risk management program provides continuous monitoring and updates, ensuring that your business is always prepared for evolving cyber threats.

What Makes Your Cyber Risk Management Services Unique?

My services are distinguished by our tailored approach to each client’s specific needs, extensive industry expertise, and commitment to staying ahead of the latest cybersecurity trends and threats. We believe in not just solving problems but partnering with you to build a resilient and secure digital environment for your business.

How can I join the Level Up Cyber Community

Visit levelupcyber.co and sign up to learn and manage cyber risk through assessments and proven strategies.

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