Michael brings 30 years of experience in IT, data security, strategy, compliance, forensics, and enterprise applications, as well as professional services. As CTO/founder of Altius Systems, Inc., he has pioneered the creation of a virtual CISO application in support compliancy and regulatory support of PCI-DSS, HIPAA, SOC 2, ISO 27001, among others, by applying NIST Cyber Security standards to the customers’ security needs. Michael has served as CTO for a variety of companies including iPayment, Inc. where he was responsible for all software systems and led the design and implementation of security solutions that prevented against intrusions for 13 years, and Saylent Technologies where he architected one of the first cloud-based transaction analytic solutions within the FinTech industry. He has been involved in security for over fifteen years and was influential in the early creation of the VISA CISP/PCI-DSS program and has significant experience in the protection of company’s data for companies large and small. Michael has a degree in Mathematics from Hamilton College and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.