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Lares and its globally respected co-founder and CEO Chris Nickerson was the first organization Group 26 Technology approached as a cornerstone partner when founding the firm. There is no security organization in the world we would rather be associated with. Chris, Lares and its outstanding team serve as our Group 26 Technology security lead for all clients large and small.

Continuous Defensive Improvement Through Adversarial Simulation and Collaboration

Why the Industry Looks to Lares For Leadership?

Lares is a Denver, CO cybersecurity consulting company that prides itself on its ability to provide continuous defensive improvement through adversarial simulation and collaboration.

Eliminate Industry Noise with a Trusted Security Partner

The security industry is polluted with vendor-generated noise vying for your attention and budget. The fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) machine has reached an all-time high with vendors promoting their solutions as a silver bullet to defend against attackers while simultaneously releasing internally developed “reports” depicting just how bad the world is without their solution.

Does any of this propaganda really make you feel more secure?

"Here at Lares®, we want to help you make the most informed security decisions you can for your organization by giving you confidence. Confidence to defend against attackers with the tools at hand, address security and compliance concerns, and pass audits and assessments."

Lares can help your organization validate its security posture through offensive security-focused services such as complex adversarial simulations, network penetration testing, application security assessments, insider threat assessments, vulnerability research, continuous security testing, virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) services, and coaching.

Historically, industry assessments focus on the negative aspects of your organization’s security program. Lares is committed to highlighting where gaps may exist and working closely with you to build a mature security program capable of defending against any adversary you may face.

Company co-founder CEO, Chris Nickerson is a global cybersecurity expert in great demand, both as a practitioner of information security and as lecturer and educator. He has created a blended methodology to assess, implement, and manage information security realistically and effectively.


 ▲Penetration testing

 Mobile, web, and application assessments

 RED TEAM - Full scope and blended threat tests

 Continuous security testing

 PURPLE TEAM - Complex adversarial simulations

 Social engineering and insider threat assessments

 Physical security evaluations

 Incident response and forensics

 Virtual Chief Information

 Security Officer (vCISO)

 Compliance – assessment & certification


Red Canary was recommended to Group 26 by Lares’ CEO Chris Nickerson, our security leader.


Red Canary’s global leadership in End Point Security & Managed Detection & Response is universally recognized.

Red Canary is a security operations ally for modern teams, deployed in minutes. Our outcome-focused solutions help you achieve measurable improvements to your security operations "Red Canary was built to bring Fortune 100 detection and response to every organization"

Red Canary was founded in 2013 with a single purpose: improve security for organizations of all sizes by detecting cyber threats and providing intelligence and tools to respond. Backed by a security operations team using unrivaled detection technology, Red Canary reinforces security teams on day one and eliminates the need for companies to build their security from scratch.

A highly respected national leader in the areas of cyber threat management-hunting, investigation and response, Red Canary has a successful history of protecting clients' most valuable data and serves clients across all business sectors.



Managing Partner Michael Rafferty has been a long-time friend and business partner of Group 26 founder Al LaPrino, and upstack is a cornerstone partner of the organization.

upstack designs deploys, and manages objective voice and data network strategies for enterprise, small- to medium-sized business, carrier, and commercial building sectors. The company provides strategic consulting to assist organizations by performing benchmarking and requirements analyses, negotiating service provider contracts, and optimizing infrastructure and services.

The vision at upstack is to equip clients with best-in-class practices and the professional expertise to design, deploy, and manage their network communications services.


Services include:

 ▲Metro Ethernet, optical and dark fiber connectivity

 ▲WAN Solutions (MPLS, SDN, CDN, VPN)

 ▲Internet Access

 ▲Colocation & Managed Hosting

 ▲Hosted VoIP, SIP Trunks

 ▲Commercial Building Network Connectivity Management
 ▲Mobility Lifecycle Management and Optimization

 ▲IoT Solutions (M2M-Machine to Machine)

 ▲IaaS, SaaS, DaaS Solutions

 ▲Collaboration Services and UCaaS

 ▲Consulting services

 ▲Enterprise IOT Global Asset Tracking for both the military and healthcare markets

 ▲National and global Office 365 rollouts for the enterprise

The company facilitates the deployment and continued support of network infrastructure from "cradle to grave." Company representatives are experienced at handling everything from untangling complex vendor-favored telecommunications agreements to managing dark fiber installations.


TierPoint is a leading national provider of best-in-class IT infrastructure services that help clients improve agility, drive performance, and manage risk. TierPoint offers multi-tenant, private, and hybrid cloud solutions; disaster recovery, business continuity, and other managed services; and colocation - all backed by a commitment to superior customer service and highly-redundant, carrier-neutral data centers coast to coast.

State-of-the-Art Data Centers

With one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the U.S., TierPoint operates more than 40 data centers across the nation with industry-leading service levels (SLAs) up to 100% uptime.

Security is TierPoint’s top priority. TierPoint offers comprehensive physical security including 24x7 on-site personnel, biometric access screening and full-building video capture. TierPoint’s data centers are HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GLBA, and SSAE 18 compliant.

Small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises choose TierPoint data centers for enterprise-class reliability, performance, and security, without the risk and overhead of an on-premises data center.


The TNS Group is a Managed Services Provider (MSP) and provides premier strategic managed business solutions specifically to small and mid-sized clients in the Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey areas. Company founder and CEO Ami Soifer and SVP, COO John Stroili are long-time business friends of Al LaPrino and were one of the initial partners approached, serving as a cornerstone partner of Group 26 Technology today.

Founded in 1996 with offices in Stamford and New York, The TNS Group has become recognized as an industry leader, ranked globally as one of the most successful MSP’s in the world. TNS also carries a sterling reputation for its integrity, exceptional customer service, quality of work and dedication to clients.

The TNS Group specializes in:

 Managed IT Services (Total Care)

 ▲CIO Consulting Services

 Strategic Planning and Guidance

 Cloud Solutions

 Backup and Disaster Recovery

 Security Protection (TNS Protect)

 Client Lead Generation

 IT Audits and Assessments

 IT Budgeting

The company stays at the forefront of technology. Team members are technically certified and are expected to stay current in their select areas of expertise. Specifically, TNS maintains partnerships and recognition with Microsoft, Apple, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Sourcefire, Ruckus, Symantec, Red Hat, and several other leading technology vendors.

One of the most valuable services TNS provides to clients is CIO-level guidance, ensuring that firms with minimal IT staff can still get the necessary leadership to take their businesses to the next level without spending exorbitant sums on staffing costs.

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Mosaic Marketing

“Since 1993, Mosaic still remains faithful to one central belief:

Our focus is always on you and your business or organization.
From beginning to end, we strive to deliver the results you need when you need them. This has been our mission for years, and it will continue to remain first and foremost for many years to come.”

- Al Canosa, Managing Director.

Mosaic Marketing is unlike any other marketing or advertising agency in the Tri-State area. Why? Because Mosaic has assembled an impressive collection of marketing and advertising services in one place and under one roof to help address client business needs.

Company History

What is now Mosaic started in Shelton, CT more than 23 years ago as a small print shop providing high-quality digital and offset Printing solutions to hundreds of satisfied customers.

Eventually, the company’s printing operation grew to the point where it relocated to Branford, CT in 2008, built a state-of-the-art production facility and hired more staff.

In 2009, Mosaic began offering clients a wide array of indoor and outdoor Signage solutions, including banners, posters, lightboxes, custom wallpaper murals, wide-format graphics, floor and window graphics, vehicle wraps and even 14’ x 48’ highway billboards.

Two years later, the company expanded again to answer the demand from its business and nonprofit clients to become a full-service marketing and advertising agency.

Marketing division key business services:

 Print Marketing

 Signage Marketing

 Content Creation

 Media Planning & Buying

 Strategic Market Planning

 Event Marketing


Digital Marketing division services:

 Website Design & Development

 Online Marketing

 ▲Video Marketing

Mosaic has won impressive awards for its work, including being named 2015 Business of the Year by the CT Shoreline Chamber of Commerce. The company insists on using the latest and best technologies to get razor-sharp messages out its clients’ most qualified prospects.


Bohan & Bradstreet was recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Recruiting Firms in 2018 and 2019, and places candidates in over 15 states each year. Based in Guilford, CT.

Company Information

Bohan & Bradstreet (B&B) has over 30 years of success in securing and filling searches for senior staff to executive-level talent within emerging start-ups to NYSE-listed global corporations across multiple industries.

B&B is the #1 recruiting firm headquartered in the State of Connecticut for both executive and professional recruiting as recognized by Forbes in 2019 and currently ranks #46 in Forbes Top 200 executive search firm rankings and #70 in Forbes Top 250 professional search firm rankings.

B&B’s approach is truly collaborative and begins with a comprehensive understanding of each client's end-to-end business operations and the financial, operational, and strategic opportunities on the horizon. B&B’s process is tailored to each client's needs and B&B finds individuals distinctive to the personality of the organization. B&B helps its clients’ build a winning team and culture.

B&B’s practice areas cover:


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