Protiviti Fortifies IT Security Solutions with Addition of U.S. Arsenal Team

Move increases Protiviti's capacity to serve growing market demand in IT security and privacy

Jun 21, 2012, 13:00 ET from Protiviti Inc.

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Protiviti Inc. ( a global consulting firm, announced today it has obtained strategic assets and staff of the U.S. business of Arsenal Security Group, Inc., a move that will meet the expanding needs of Protiviti's client base and the growing market demand for IT security and privacy services. Arsenal, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, serves clients globally with geographically dispersed security professionals.


"Protiviti has seen sizeable growth in our security and privacy practice over the past four years," said Joseph Tarantino, president and CEO of Protiviti. "Arsenal Security Group fuels the growth of our expanding global IT Consulting practice by adding talent and client relationships."

Protiviti's IT Consulting solutions already provide a broad range of IT security and privacy services. The addition of the Arsenal team will further expand Protiviti's ability to help current and future clients respond to the growing risks associated with data in today's business environment. With the addition of Arsenal's U.S. business team, Protiviti will provide expanded offerings in: incident response; security strategy; regulatory compliance; architecture, design and implementation services; and Payment Card Industry (PCI) consulting and remediation.

Arsenal was founded in 2006 by a group of former IBM security executives. Approximately 20 of the firm's U.S. employees, many of whom hold multiple security credentials, are joining Protiviti and will continue to serve a number of key clients.

With the addition of the U.S. team and strategic clients, Arsenal's current CEO Mark Lippman and President Michael Walter will become Protiviti managing directors. Lippman has more than 15 years of experience leading security organizations at IBM, Cybertrust and L3 (formerly SMA, Inc.) prior to starting Arsenal. He served as the managing principal for IBM Global Services' Security & Privacy Practice leading a management team that served eight of the largest 10 financial institutions in the U.S. Lippman received his MBA at Wharton and is a certified Quality Security Assessor (QSA) for the PCI data security standards.

Michael Walter has more than ten years of security experience and holds three patents in information security. Prior to joining Arsenal in 2006, he was a principal consultant for Cybertrust and pioneered work in risk quantification. Before that, Walter was with IBM in various security roles. He has a Masters degree in computer science from the University of Colorado and is a certified QSA for the PCI data security standards as well as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

About Protiviti

Protiviti ( is a global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. Through its network of more than 70 offices in over 20 countries, Protiviti has served more than 35 percent of FORTUNE® 1000 and Global 500 companies. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies, including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies.

Protiviti is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Half International Inc. Founded in 1948, Robert Half International is a member of the S&P 500 index.

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