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Michael Lyons


Professional Experience

Michael Lyons is a Director in the Tampa office of Protiviti, providing clients with Security and Privacy Consulting. Michael has more than 13 years experience within the credit card processing industry and over 8 years specific to security. Michael spent 8 years at payment processor RBS WorldPay (A subsidiary of The Royal Bank of Scotland) finishing as Assistant Vice President, Merchant PCI Compliance. After that, Michael joined Arsenal Security Group as a Managing Principal which was then sold to Protiviti in 2012. As a Director in the Tampa office, he focuses on Security and Privacy consulting for large organizations across the United States. Michael has lead security projects ranging from GAP Assessments to Multi-million dollar enterprise wide engagements. Michael has spoken nationally at a number of security events including the Merchant Acquirers Committee, Utah Global Forum and MasterCard Global Risk Security Summit.

Major Projects

  • Engagement Manager for $8B Retail Company with 4 PCI DSS ROCs (Repeat client 8 years)
    • Lead for Internal/External Penetration Testing

    • Lead for Risk Assessment

    • Lead for Web Application Assessment

    • Lead for Network Redesign

  • Engagement Manager for PCI DSS Advisory Services for Global Telecommunications Company

  • Implemented PCI DSS security program at payment processor RBS WorldPay

  • Implemented Global Vulnerability Management Program Deployment

  • Implemented Global Vulnerability Management Remediation

  • Lead for Corporate Wide Security Governance Implementation

  • Lead for Network Segmentation Design

Areas of Expertise

  • Payments Industry
  • PCI DSS Assessments
  • Security Governance
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Network Design
  • Corporate Security

Industry Expertise

  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications


  • MBA Georgia State University (Dec 2005)
  • BBA - Finance, University of Georgia (Dec 2000)

Professional Memberships & Certifications

  • QSA
  • GSEC
  • GCED
  • ISSA Member – Tampa Chapter