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Kai Pfiester

Founding Partner

Kai is the founding partner of Black Cipher and spearheads the firm’s cybersecurity services. With over 15 years experience in IT and 10 years experience in cybersecurity, he brings a vast wealth of knowledge and skill that has proven invaluable to our clients. He holds numerous IT security certifications under the auspices of Carbon Black, Fortinet, EC-Council, CompTIA, and Offensive Security. 

Before founding Black Cipher, Kai worked for Lockheed-Martin where he played a pivotal role in keeping the network secure. This was achieved through performing vulnerability detection & remediation (EVAN), password management (CyberArk), and information security policy enforcement.

As a regular contributor on the topic of cybersecurity, he has written articles for the NJ Law Journal, NJ Business Magazine, ALTA, PICPA, IT Security Central and For seminars and workshops, he has presented for NJCPA, NJAPA, NJMGMA, NJHIMMS, IAPP, Philadelphia,PA and Burlington/Camden County, NJ Bar Associations. 


Larry J. Hershman


Larry is a critical member of the Black Cipher management team, providing expertise and leadership in the areas of business process, data compliance and project management.  Larry has spent over 25 years in management and technology consulting, helping companies to adopt the appropriate technologies in order to achieve their business goals.


His expertise and understanding of cyber security concepts and the application of compliance requirements has been honed through his leadership of many security and compliance initiatives, including Payment Card Industry (PCI) readiness projects, Title Industry ALTA Best Practices certifications, HIPAA compliance reviews and law firm data governance.


Larry’s professional organizational memberships include Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), InfraGard and Institute of Management Consultancy. He received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Temple University.

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