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Art Cooper

Principal Security Consultant

Coop has 45 years of experience in Information Technology, with the last 20 years focused on the security of payment systems and architectures. Along the way, Coop has helped organizations with eCommerce security, application assessments, forensic investigations, compliance security assessments, development of secure network architectures, risk management programs, security governance initiatives, and regulatory compliance.

Coop was a member of the U.S. Air Force for most of his young adult life and had direct experience with the original ARPANET and ARPANET 1822 Protocols. He was directly involved with the original DoD X.25 networks, the Defense Data Network (DDN), and the Automatic Digital Information Network (AUTODIN). He managed and operated one of the original BBN Packet Switch Node (PSN) systems and has witnessed every major IT “leap” or development since that time.


  • Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
  • Associate in Arts in Computer Science, University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science in Management, Colorado Christian University
  • Master of Arts in Education, Colorado Christian University
  • Security +
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • PCI Professional (PCIP)
  • Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)


  • International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2)
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC Council)
  • The American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Coop was the Standards Trainer for the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) from 2010-2013.

Featured Blogs And Resources

Discover the blogs, analysis, webinars, and podcasts by this team member.

Blog July 13 2021

Reducing Merchant Scope to Ease the Compliance Burden

Merchants should spend more time doing what they are good at—i.e., selling and merchandising—versus trying to keep up with validating and maintaining PCI…

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Webinars October 24 2023

Virtual Q&A With The PCI Dream Team: What to Expect in 2024

Get the inside track on PCI DSS Version 4 as the PCI Dream Team takes the virtual stage. They will cover a variety of topics centered around v4 from both…

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Webinars June 23 2021

TrustedSec Presents: PCI Dream Team Q&A Panel

Join Art “Coop” Cooper (TrustedSec), Ben Rothke (Tapad), Jeff Hall (Auditwerx, LLC), and David Mundhenk (Herjavec Group), also known as the PCI Dream Team, for…

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Webinars December 08 2021

TrustedSec Presents: PCI Dream Team Holiday Edition Panel

Join the PCI Dream Team of Art “Coop” Cooper (TrustedSec), Ben Rothke (Tapad), Jeff Hall (Truvantis), and David Mundhenk (Herjavec Group) for a special Holiday…

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Webinars April 28 2022

Getting the Answers You Need About PCI DSS Version 4

Join Art “Coop” Cooper (TrustedSec), Ben Rothke (Tapad), Jeff Hall (Truvantis), and David Mundhenk (Herjavec Group), also known as the PCI Dream Team, for a…

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Webinars July 20 2023

PCI Dream Team: PCI 4.0 and New Book Release

Join the incredible PCI Dream Team, featuring the dynamic Art “Coop” Cooper from TrustedSec, the brilliant Ben Rothke from Tapad, the audacious Jeff Hall from…

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Training Resources May 02 2024

Actionable Purple Team Simulation Online Training (May 2-3)

Learn how to create specific detections to identify early Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) in our online course. Designed for those looking to improve their…

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Events Kennedy Space Center, Florida | April 10 2024

Hack Space Con 2024

Founder and CEO David Kennedy is the keynote speaker at this year's Hack Space Con! We are also proud to sponsor this event.

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Webinars March 06 2024

Ask Me Anything: Securing Defense Contracts Through CMMC Compliance

Join Chris Camejo, Practice Lead, Advisory's Compliance Services, and Rick Yocum, Managing Director of Advisory Services, for an ‘Ask Me Anything’ discussion…

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News March 01 2024

Forbes - How This Professional Hacker Built Two Cybersecurity Firms In His 30s

David Kennedy, the CEO and founder of TrustedSec, joins Rosemarie Miller on "New Money" to discuss his pivot from being in the U.S. marines to becoming a…

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