About KLC Consulting. We're a cleared candidate C3PAO firm who specializes in flexible and affordable solutions for CMMC and NIST 800-171
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About KLC Consulting

Meet Our Team

Kyle Lai, President and CISO at KLC Consulting.

Kyle Lai

President and CISO

Paul Casassa, Director of Operations at KLC Consulting.

Paul Casassa

Director of Operations

Eric Lunsford, Senior Security Engineer at KLC Consulting.

Eric Lunsford

Senior Security Engineer

CMMC Consultants at KLC Consulting

CMMC and
NIST 800-171 Consultants

We Instill Confidence

The Department of Defense relies on the entrepreneurial companies and innovative, hard-working employees of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) to create cutting-edge capabilities for our warfighters.

John Sherman, CIO for the Department of Defense

And KLC Consulting helps DIB companies protect the sensitive information they handle in service of their DOD contracts. Professionally speaking, we get out of bed every day – eager to collaborate with people who contact us for help. We revel in the opportunity to bring our DoD cybersecurity expertise to your table and work with you!

We hear the unease and uncertainty about DoD cybersecurity from people in Fortune 500 companies and small companies alike. We instill a thorough understanding of Cyber DFARS and CMMC requirements and build your confidence that compliance is attainable and affordable.

One of the things that really stood out to us was the [KLC] team’s dedication to ensuring that we fully understood every aspect of the process. They were always available to answer our questions and made sure we had a clear understanding of the material. We are extremely grateful for the support and expertise provided by KLC Consulting.

Client:  Primary Flow Signal

The Best Consulting, the Best Technology Recommendations

KLC Consulting doesn’t just offer parts of the solution. We meet you where you’re at and bring you all the way to CMMC “assessment ready” with our flexible “as much or as little help as you need” approach to compliance. We provide you with the best CMMC consulting services and recommend the best CMMC technology solutions available today.

KLC Consulting – a Cleared Candidate C3PAO

Don’t waste time and money with consultants who lack the technical chops and experience with your type of business. We specialize in Cyber DFARS and CMMC. It’s what we do. It’s all we do.

Kyle Lai

President and CISO

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Kyle Lai, President and CISO at KLC Consulting.

CCP (Certified CMMC Professional)
Pending: PA (Provisional Assessor), PI (Provisional Instructor)

Kyle completed all requirements for Cyber-AB certification as a Registered Practitioner, Provisional Assessor, and Provisional Instructor and awaits final certification from the U.S. Department of Defense. Kyle serves as CMMC vCISO advisor for KLC Consulting’s large clients.

Nationally recognized as a cybersecurity expert with over 20 years of experience in cyber and I.T., Kyle assesses and architects NIST 800-171 and CMMC compliance solutions for U.S. Defense Industrial Base (DIB) companies. He consulted as a security advisor to several Fortune 500 companies and the DoD. Kyle now specializes in developing affordable CMMC compliance solutions for: Manufacturers, Aerospace, Engineering, Software Development, and MSP/IT companies.

Kyle’s distinguished career includes consulting for high-profile clients like ExxonMobil, Zoom, DISA, Boeing, HP, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, Akamai, and PwC. He served as the former CISO to Pactera (a Blackstone Portfolio Co.) and Brandeis University – Heller School. Kyle was also an operations manager for DISA Cybersecurity Portal (predecessor of public.cyber.mil – a department within the U.S. Department of Defense). 

His broad cybersecurity expertise spans security strategy, policies, program management, vulnerability management, penetration testing, incident response, business continuity, regulatory compliance, application security, and third-party risk management.

Areas of Expertise:

  • NIST 800-171 / CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification)
  • IT Security Advisory
  • Information Security Policy Development
  • Third-party Vendor Security Risk Assessment
  • Certification & Accreditation (C&A)
  • Penetration Testing / Vulnerability Assessment
  • Incident Response
  • Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
  • Cloud Security
  • US, EU Privacy Regulations M&A Due Diligence Assessment
  • Application Security (OWASP)

Kyle is a guest lecturer at Brown University’s Graduate Cybersecurity Program and Lone Star College’s Cybersecurity program where he also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the school’s Cybersecurity Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) degree program.

A cybersecurity entrepreneur at heart, Kyle is the creator of the ubiquitous SMAC MAC Address Changer software. Over 3 million users globally have come to rely on SMAC to test and address security and privacy issues. In addition, he is a member of InfraGard (FBI Sponsored), ISSA, AFCEA, OWASP, IAPP, Texas CISO Council and has past certifications in MCSE, DISA System Administrator II.

Speaking Engagements and Training

With over 7,000 followers on LinkedIn, Kyle is a popular expert cybersecurity keynote speaker, guest lecturer, and CMMC trainer. Speaking engagements and training sessions are available onsite and virtually. Inquire at cmmc@klcconsulting.net for more information.

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Paul Casassa

Director of Operations

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Paul Casassa, Director of Operations at KLC Consulting.

Paul manages all administrative and financial matters for KLC Consulting. His focus is on client success, process improvement, and marketing initiatives to advance the reputation and growth of the firm. Paul produces KLC’s informational and educational videos featured on this website, LinkedIn Page, and YouTube channel – that cover the latest trends in DoD cybersecurity and CMMC 2.0.

KLC Consulting’s YouTube cybersecurity videos have been watched over 4,500 times.

Formerly Paul served in the commercial real estate industry. He was the Director of Property Management for the UMass Medical School in Worcester MA, and CFO of an international real estate development company that developed and operated the Turquoise Reef Resort and Casino – Turks & Caicos, BWI.

Paul graduated from Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy. He also completed an Executive Certificate Program with the MIT Sloan School of Management in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy.

Eric Lunsford

Senior Security Engineer

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Eric Lunsford, Senior Security Engineer at KLC Consulting.

Secure Infrastructure Specialist, Operations Specialist

CMMC-AB Registered Practitioner – Advanced

Eric is a highly-decorated military service veteran. He’s an Operation Iraqi Freedom Combat Veteran, served 9 years in the US Marine Infantry and Combat Arms, 6 years in Protective Security Services, and 5 years in the US Army National Guard where he achieved the rank of E-6 Staff Sergeant and performed cybersecurity threat detection and mitigation duties.

Eric’s depth of knowledge in NIST 800-171 and CMMC, distinguished military service record, and warm, friendly demeanor inspire confidence. His areas of subject matter expertise include:

  • DFARS 252.2041-7012, -7019, -7020, and -7021
  • Recommending improvements to information security practices
  • Tailoring policies, procedures, compliance tools, and methodologies
  • Creating client work product templates
  • Compliance project management, leadership, and communications

Our NIST 800-171 and CMMC Consultants

KLC Consulting utilizes a dynamic business operating model to maintain a staff of about 30 specialized personnel resources through a combination of W2 employment, 1099 contracting, and strategic partnerships. We’ve worked with many of our cybersecurity experts for more than 10 years and continue to expand our list of top consultants to meet our client’s needs.

We possess 3 essential character qualities

  • High personal integrity
  • Technical “chops” in a specialized practice area
  • An ability to inspire confidence in our solutions through clear, concise communication skills

Our consulting team possesses overlapping areas of specialized practice to provide a comprehensive service approach. We staff DoD 8570.01-M Certified Security, IT Audit, and CMMC-AB Provisional Assessors.

The KLC Consulting team saves you time and money and helps you become CMMC assessment-ready. Our list of top industry certifications is available here.

Call for an Introductory No-Cost Consultation: 617.314.9721  x158

Kyle Lai, Certified CMMC Professional CCP

KLC Consulting is a Candidate C3PAO company

We are a cleared candidate C3PAO firm. Our team of cybersecurity experts inspire confidence that you will achieve CMMC compliance timely and affordably.

Eric Lunsford Cyber-AB Registered Practitioner Advanced Badge


We educate our clients with the knowledge that cybersecurity breaches are largely preventable with the right combination of people, processes, and technology.


We protect our client’s confidential information so they can pursue corporate goals and conduct their global missions with assured security and privacy.


We empower our clients through solutions designed to achieve U.S. DoD cybersecurity compliance and gain a competitive advantage in landing contract awards.

Follow Our Easy Step-by-Step Process to Becoming CMMC Compliant

CMMC Consulting

Helps to Remediate Your POAM Items

KLC Consulting’s DoD cybersecurity experts coordinate with your team to support all areas of NIST 800-171 and CMMC. Let’s get started on your CMMC Compliance program!

Check out our YouTube channel and LinkedIn pages for the latest informational and educational resources for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

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