Laura Hars

BDO Consulting Senior Manager

BDO New York - Park Avenue Office



Executive Summary

Laura Hars is a Senior Manager in BDO’s Technology Advisory Services practice, with a diverse IT background in application development and integration, systems engineering, systems architecture, IT strategy, program management, IT service desk implementation, and information security. Laura has over 20 years of experience in IT and is well versed in business development, strategic planning, management, technical optimization, team building and leadership. With nearly 15 years working primarily in information security, Laura has developed a deep knowledge of identity and access management (IAM) governance, risk and compliance, threat and vulnerability management, and data loss prevention. Laura has helped build and develop global security and risk teams for both mid-size and large corporate clients.
Laura’s experience includes leading application development, system integration, business analysis, system testing, project management, application evaluation, and trade study for clients in the healthcare industry. 
Prior to joining BDO, Laura was an Information Security Manager at a Big Four firm, handling both healthcare and financial services clients. Additionally, Laura served as the deputy to the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) charged with creating a global security team for a mid-size financial services corporation. She led the IAM team providing and executing an IAM roadmap and also led the customer security team, managing multiple customer assessments and audits. Laura has a strong track record executing risk assessments utilizing the following security frameworks: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001.   
Laura is certified in both the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Security Assessment Methodology and the NSA Information Security Evaluation Methodology, and she holds Department of Defense (DOD) Secret Clearance. A Lockheed Martin Mentor, Laura received the Lockheed Martin Special Recognition Award for Cyber Security Incident Resolution.


B.A., Montclair State University