Gene Fredriksen to operate as Chief Information Security Strategist
St. Petersburg, Fla.– (October 18, 2017) – PSCU – the nation’s leading CUSO – has announced an organizational change to further strengthen its Information Security and Compliance (IS&C) teams. Gene Fredriksen will transition from the role of Chief Information Security Officer to Chief Information Security Strategist. In this newly created role, Fredriksen will report on several strategic functions primarily focused on relating PSCU’s perspective and stance on cybersecurity to existing clients, prospective clients, consultants in the credit union space and the industry as a whole.
Fredriksen has over 25 years of information technology experience, with the past 20 focused specifically in the area of information security. He joined PSCU in 2013. Since then, he has grown the IS&C teams and service offerings, implemented advanced tools and processes, and advanced PSCU’s relationship with numerous partners. His previous roles include Global CISO for Tyco International, VP of Technology Risk Management and Chief Security Officer for Raymond James Financial, and adviser on various cybersecurity steering committees for the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Fredriksen has served on the R&D committee for the Financial Services Sector Steering Committee of the Department of Homeland Security and was recently appointed to represent credit unions in the Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience.
“PSCU’s Information Security & Compliance teams have evolved into a world-class operation, and this is in large part thanks to Gene’s leadership,” said David Bryant, PSCU’s newly appointed Chief Information Security Officer. “I look forward to working closely with Gene and the rest of the IS&C teams to ensure the highest level of service and security for our Member-Owners and their members alike.”
Fredriksen is a member of the SC Magazine editorial advisory board. He recently published his first book, “The CISO Journey,” and is working on his second. He is a frequent speaker to audit and security audiences. He is a member of multiple advisory boards for universities, organizations and security product companies. He attended the FBI Citizens Academy and maintains a close working relationship with both local and federal law enforcement agencies.
“Given today’s climate, in which security breaches and fraud are becoming more prevalent by the day, PSCU will continue to make strategic investments in technology and resources to further protect against fraudsters and to meet the changing needs of credit unions and their members,” said Chuck Fagan, PSCU President and CEO.
Established in 1977, PSCU (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is the nation's leading credit union service organization (CUSO). The company was recognized as CUSO of the Year in 2016 by the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations. PSCU’s products, financial services solutions and service model collectively support over 850 Owner credit unions representing more than 20 million credit, debit, prepaid, online bill payment and mobile accounts; protect over 2 billion transactions annually from fraud; and optimize credit union performance and growth. Comprehensive 24/7/365 member support is delivered through call centers located throughout the United States. For more information, visit pscu.com.