Former senior manager of security consulting to lead PCI compliance process for SMBs
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Feb. 17, 2015 — 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.