Former senior manager of security consulting to lead PCI compliance process for SMBs

 

Naperville, Ill. - Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking and advisory services, recently named Chris Bucolo as the senior manager of partner relations for the security and compliance practice.

Before joining Sikich, Bucolo served as the senior manager of security consulting at ControlScan, the business development director at Mindteck and the president of Integrity Advisors. In addition, he built and sold his own Independent Sales Organization (ISO) - Meridian Merchant Services - which was one of the first in the country to both embrace payment card industry (PCI) security standards and include related services among its core merchant offerings.

Bucolo has more than 25 years of experience in the financial technology, payments and compliance industries. In his new role, Bucolo will help design and promote programs that facilitate improved compliance and security processes in the marketplace for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). He will also manage relationships with existing partners, such as ISOs and acquirers.

"As a former small business owner, Chris can empathize with clients who have limited resources and face complex data security issues," said Jim Sikich, CEO of Sikich LLP. "In the midst of rapidly changing market conditions and requirements, Chris will help our clients operate more effectively as the payment card industry moves from point-in-time compliance to a daily focus on security and best practices."

Bucolo speaks frequently on matters related to security and compliance and has addressed audiences at the Electronic Transactions Association Transact conference and the Merchant Acquirers' Committee conference.

Bucolo, 54, holds the Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP) certification. He has a bachelor's degree in government and law from Lafayette College and a Master of Business Administration in finance from St. Joseph's University.

Sikich LLP's security and compliance practice assists clients with fraud management, risk mitigation and security assessments. The team specializes in performing compliance audits, penetration tests, computer security assessments and computer forensic investigations.

About Sikich LLP
Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking and advisory services, has more than 600 employees throughout the country. Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as one of the country's Top 35 Certified Public Accounting firms and is among the top 1 percent of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the world. From corporations and non-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients can use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals.

Securities are offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, a registered broker dealer with the Securities Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA/SIPC.

About Sikich Security & Compliance


Sikich LLP's security and compliance practice assists clients with fraud management, risk mitigation and security assessments. The team works with leading payment card, financial, restaurant, hospitality, health care, nonprofit, government and education organizations from around the world. It specializes in performing compliance audits, penetration tests, computer security assessments and computer forensic investigations.

Sikich is an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), a Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA) and a PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) certified to perform the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).

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