RSM Partners, the U.K.-headquartered specialists in mainframe security, software and services, today announces the hiring of Chad Rikansrud as Director of North American Operations.

Chad will be responsible for leading RSM's continued expansion in the North American marketplace, focusing on RSM's world class security advisory services, audit, penetration testing and security software. Chad is a nationally recognized security industry speaker, with regular appearances at such events as: DEF CON, Derbycon, RSA2017, SHARE, Sp4rkcon and other local/regional conferences.

Commercial Director at RSM Partners, Andrew Downie, commented, “We're extremely pleased with Chad choosing to join our fast-expanding U.S. operation. His wealth of real-world security knowledge and understanding, combined with his high profile in the security industry, is a fantastic asset for RSM. We look forward to continuing our expansion under Chad's leadership, both directly and in working with our valued U.S. partners.”

Chad joins RSM Partners with 25 years of IT, security and risk management experience. Most recently, helping one of the world's largest financial institutions build an in-house penetration testing group, focusing on the IBM mainframe platform. During his career in the financial services industry, Chad has held various senior leadership positions, including worldwide datacenter operations, infrastructure and recovery responsibility, as well as enterprise-wide z Systems storage.