Art "Coop" Cooper

Principal Security Consultant


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.

Education & Certifications

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.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2)
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC Council)
  • The American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Industry Contributions

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.

Passion for Security

Ever since Mafiaboy took down many websites back in 2000, including (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!

Recent Blog Posts

Reducing Merchant Scope to Ease the Compliance Burden

Merchants should spend more time doing what they are good at—i.e., selling and merchandising—versus trying to keep up with validating and maintaining PCI compliance. How can this be accomplished? Using either an end-to-end encryption (E2EE) or point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution for each point-of-sale (POS) system eliminates some of the complex hoops that merchants are required...
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Recent Webinars

Getting the Answers You Need About PCI DSS Version 4

TrustedSec proudly presents the PCI Dream Team panel on PCI DSS Version 4! Join Art “Coop” Cooper (TrustedSec), Ben Rothke (Tapad), Jeff Hall (Truvantis), and David Mundhenk (Herjavec Group), also known as the PCI Dream Team, for a Q&A session...

TrustedSec Presents: PCI Dream Team Holiday Edition Panel

Join the PCI Dream Team of Art “Coop” Cooper (TrustedSec), Ben Rothke (Tapad), Jeff Hall (Truvantis), and David Mundhenk (Herjavec Group) for a special Holiday Q&A session to discuss everything PCI! In this one-hour webinar starting at 1PM EST, they...

TrustedSec Presents: PCI Dream Team Q&A Panel

This discussion was recorded on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Join Art “Coop” Cooper (TrustedSec), Ben Rothke (Tapad), Jeff Hall (Auditwerx, LLC), and David Mundhenk (Herjavec Group), also known as the PCI Dream Team, for a Q&A session to discuss everything...
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