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Cybersecurity veteran joins Sikich’s Akron office

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Christopher Hartley brings nearly two decades of cybersecurity risk assessment experience to professional services firm

AKRON, Ohio — Aug. 15, 2019 — Professional services firm Sikich recently hired veteran information security professional Christopher Hartley as a director in its cybersecurity practice. Based in the firm’s Akron, Ohio, office, Hartley will lead the group’s cybersecurity risk assessment team.

“Risk and compliance assessments are crucial initial steps for companies as they seek to strengthen data security,” Hartley said. “Using a proven risk assessment methodology, our team will help companies across industries identify and then address data security vulnerabilities. I’m excited to join Sikich’s impressive and talented cybersecurity team and serve as a trusted partner for clients in Northeast Ohio and nationally.”

Hartley has nearly 20 years of experience in the information security field. Prior to joining Sikich, Hartley worked in information security roles at ForeScout, Optiv, Trustwave and IBM. His experience includes developing comprehensive security policies and procedures, conducting security audits and performing compliance assessments related to HIPAA, SOX, ISO27001/2, NIST 800:53, NIST CSF and PCI-DSS.

“Christopher brings valuable experience to our team that will enhance our ability to serve as an end-to-end security adviser for clients,” said Brad Lutgen, partner-in-charge of Sikich’s cybersecurity practice. “His leadership will allow us to offer innovative solutions that help minimize our clients’ risk exposure while strengthening their compliance with industry regulations.”

Sikich’s cybersecurity practices offers consulting, fraud management, risk mitigation, and vulnerability detection and prevention services to companies across industries. The team specializes in compliance audits, penetration tests, computer security assessments and computer forensic investigations. As a certified PCI forensic investigator, Sikich can perform the forensic investigations required when a breach involves credit or debit card data.

Hartley is a certified information systems security professional, certified information security manager and a certified information security auditor. He is a graduate of Ashworth College and has additional degrees in information systems security from Capella University and DeVry University.

About Sikich LLP

Sikich LLP is a global company specializing in technology-enabled professional services. With more than 850 employees, Sikich draws on a diverse portfolio of technology solutions to deliver transformative digital strategies and ranks as one of the largest CPA firms in the United States. From corporations and not-for-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients utilize a broad spectrum of services* and products to help them improve performance and achieve long-term, strategic goals.

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