Coop has 43 years of experience in Information Technology, with the last 16 years focused on the security of payment systems and architectures. Along the way, Coop has helped organizations with eCommerce security, application assessments, forensic investigations, compliance security assessments, development of secure network architectures, risk management programs, security governance initiatives, and regulatory compliance.
Coop was a member of the U.S. Air Force for most of his young adult life and had direct experience with the original ARPANET and ARPANET 1822 Protocols. He was directly involved with the original DoD X.25 networks, the Defense Data Network (DDN), and the Automatic Digital Information Network (AUTODIN). He managed and operated one (1) of the original BBN Packet Switch Node (PSN) systems and has witnessed every major IT “leap” or development since that time.
Coop has an Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Technology, an Associate in Arts in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science in Management, and a Master of Arts in Education. His certifications include: Security +, CEH, CISA, CDPSE, CISSP, PCIP, and PCI QSA.
Coop was the Standards Trainer for the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) from 2010 – 2013.
Coop has spoken at many security conferences such as ISSA, Secure 360, ISC2, etc. He loves to speak publicly and passionately about Cybersecurity and especially PCI.
Coop is a part of the 4-member “PCI Dream Team,” which continues to provide online and in-person sessions to answer PCI-related questions.
Coop was the ISSA Security Professional of the Year for 2019.
Ever since Mafiaboy took down many websites back in 2000, including mci.com (a system he had helped engineer and manage at the time), Coop has sworn to spend the remainder of his days thwarting any and all such nonsense. Compliance is the floor and security is the ceiling. As an ex-USAF member, Coop wants all of his clients to AIM HIGH—ALWAYS!