Eric Kitchens

PCI QSA, CISSP, CISA, PCI QPA, Managing Principal, Payments Assurance, Coalfire

Mr. Kitchens is a Managing Principal for the Payments Assurance practice at Coalfire focusing on Merchants, Healthcare, State & Local Government, and Community & Regional Banking. In this capacity, he oversees assessors performing Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Financial Institution assessments and interacts with clients as a trusted advisor and subject matter expert regarding PCI and Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) compliance and PIN and key encryption. As Managing Principal, Mr. Kitchens also provides annual security and compliance, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and PCI training to Internal Risk and Compliance, IT Audit, and IT staff of several financial institutions and national merchants.

Mr. Kitchens joined Coalfire in July 2011 and has over 20 years of experience in IT and information security in various roles, including systems and firewall administrator, penetration tester, consultant, and IT auditor. He spent nine years at a Fortune 500 systems integrator, designing and implementing perimeter security controls and developing monitoring and escalation procedures. As part of those responsibilities, Mr. Kitchens provided technical expertise for the implementation of system-wide, PCI-compliant network security controls across the company’s five national data centers. Eric lives with his wife and four dogs in Denver, CO.

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