Where to start; selecting a infosec partner.

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Oct 10, 2020
As a small HVAC Controls dealer that is getting into hosting our customers controls servers how do we go about finding a independent contractor to evaluate our security posture and help us improve? When I look in this sector I'm feeling overwhelmed at how much is out there and it feels like a lot of vendors are way more advanced than we need to be now as we likely have a lot of low hanging fruit to kick first.

Columbia SC
Yes, that's where we are at the moment, doing all this ourselves. Would like a up to date security focused vendor checkup as a second opinion, probably on part time contract terms.
You could try asking the company's auditors if they know anyone. Security control could be considered part of the audit.
I would go to Reddit /r/sysadmin. I am active there somewhat and honestly the body of knowledge specific to IT administration is excellent. I see articles all the time recommendion asking for X or Y, and there are some good ideas.
... getting into hosting our customers controls servers...

Columbia SC

When you say you are getting into hosting, I assume you have or will be using a hosting company (3rd party data center) for this? If you select the correct one, they will provide the foundation of physical security and many certifications as a starting point. Have you completed any internal audits using the NIST framework (or other) as a guide?