Michael Walter

Managing Director

Michael Walter is a Managing Director in the Atlanta office of Protiviti, providing clients with Security and Privacy Consulting. Michael has more than 15 years of information security experience in industry and consulting. Michael spent six years at IBM in the Managed Security Services team. Michael then spent two years at Cybertrust in their professional services practice. After that, Michael Walter was a co-founder of Arsenal Security Group and spent seven years growing Arsenal’s consulting practice. As a Managing Director in the Atlanta office, he focuses on Security and Privacy consulting for large organisations across the United States. Michael has spoken at a variety of conferences and seminars on topics such as Risk Management, PCI, Security Information Management, Social Engineering, Enterprise Security Services, Intrusion Detection Best Practices, and Business Intelligence in Information Security.


  • Patents:
    • System, method and programme for identifying and preventing malicious intrusions (Application #END920050055US1) – patent Pending
    • System, method and programme product for detecting unknown computer attacks - #20050050353 (March 3, 2005)
    • Applying Blocking measures progressively to malicious network traffic - #20040236963 (November 25, 2004)
  • Security Operations Centers (SOC):
    • Built SOC for one of the world’s largest banks (2008)
    • Built SOC for one of the world’s largest oil companies (2011)
    • Built SOC for one of the world’s largest retailers (2012)
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis: Developed ROI metrics on a $140M information security programme (2006)
  • Developed the Retail Security Summit (2013)
  • Consulting engagements in Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.


  • M.E. University of Colorado (May 2003)
  • Master’s Thesis – Completed a master’s thesis (Attack Source Profiling) and deployed the tool at an MSSP (2002-2003)
  • B.S. Computer Science, University of Colorado (May 1999)

Professional Memberships and Certification

  • Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)

Areas Of Expertise

  • Security Assessments PCI DSS
  • Incident Response
  • Security Policy/Awareness
  • Security Operations Centers

Industry Experience

  • Banking
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Retail