Eric Hess founded HLC in 2014 to focus on systems compliance and information security consulting. Today, it provides cybersecurity assessment and cybersecurity management services to small to medium sized financial services firms. In 2018, HLC acquired security auditing provider Control Catalyst and merged it into Helical, Inc. to continue its focus on developing security solutions. Eric has over twenty years of experience acting as senior-level counsel and management for top tier exchanges, broker-dealers and financial services technology providers, where he focused on regulation and the development, licensing and security of highly sensitive data, as well as managing the automation of trading regulation. As General Counsel for one of the country’s largest equity exchanges (now the BATS Exchange), Eric led an overhaul of their information security infrastructure that met the most stringent SEC-mandated exchange and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) standards. Eric is the founder of Hess Legal Counsel and is an advisory partner of Upper90 Partners, a private equity firm. Eric holds Series 7 and 24 licenses, is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, and holds a CTPRP information security certification.