Darren Hulem

Darren Hulem, CISA, CEH, Security +

Manager, IT and Risk Advisory Services


Darren Hulem has 10 years experience working in the Information Technology space. He has been with GRF’s Risk and Advisory services department for the last 5 years helping clients better understand the cybersecurity risks to their organizations. Mr. Hulem has used his expertise to assist clients with executing detailed Cybersecurity based engagements in the following areas: cybersecurity risk assessments, vulnerability assessment analysis, IT Audits, co-sourced internal IT audits, ISO 27001:2013 compliance internal audits, IT policy and procedure benchmarks against leading frameworks such as (ISO 27001, NIST, PCI, HIPAA, CIS, SOC 2), penetration testing, IT training, and Third-Party Risk Assessments. He also enjoys providing presentations to clients senior leadership and board members in a digestible way.

Mr. Hulem is a seasoned speaker on cybersecurity topics. He has presented at the IIA International Conference, various IIA Chapters, AICPA, MACPA, GWSCPA, Humentum, UST Education, NYCON and ISACA + IIA’s GRC conference. He enjoys sharing his experiences from client triage and cleanup with organizations as to the importance of IT controls.

Prior to joining GRF, Mr. Hulem worked with his clients as a managed service provider which has allowed him to experience a wide variety of technologies, budgets and clients. There he would recommend and implement system improvements as well as troubleshoot client networks to ensure their daily IT operations functioned. He takes pride in being to translate technical topics so that all decision makers can make informed decisions.

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Education and Certifications

  • M.S. in Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Carson – Newman College
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Comptia Security+ ce
  • Certificate of Competency: ISO 27001:2022 Lead Auditor and Internal Auditor (TPECS)

Professional Affiliations

  • Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • CompTIA
  • EC-Council
  • American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

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