Kroll, a global provider of risk mitigation and response solutions, has appointed Wayne Peterson as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
Prior to joining Kroll, Peterson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for global payment processing and banking solutions company Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS).
Peterson brings to Kroll more than 25 years of experience in the commercial, government and law enforcement sectors. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded numerous international risk management assignments and cybercrime investigations, as well as remediation and security initiatives, in complex, dynamic and high-stakes environments. While at FIS, Peterson initiated and led the build-out of a global cyber incident response team of 27 professionals stationed around the world. He was also responsible for the creation of a cyber intelligence threat unit tasked with collecting, analyzing and fusing intelligence data to detect potential threats and to ensure preparedness for future security incidents. Peterson also partnered with U.S. federal and international law enforcement organizations, as well as industry peers engaged in cyber defense, to share learnings and to enhance overall industry preparedness levels.
In the two decades prior to joining FIS, Peterson rose progressively through the ranks of the U.S. Secret Service, ultimately attaining the position of Supervisory Special Agent, directing the operations of the agency’s Cyber Intelligence Section of its Criminal Investigative Division. In this role, he managed the work of an internal team as well as several hundred field agents charged with conducting critical cybercrime investigations. His duties also included regularly briefing the Secretary of Homeland Security on cybercrime trends. Through collaborative and collegial outreach, he earned the trust of C-level commercial industry executives facing data breaches and cultivated long-standing, productive partnerships with international law enforcement personnel.
Peterson earned a CIO Graduate Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), holds a Federal CIO Certification from the U.S. General Services Administration and was honored with the U.S. Attorney General Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, as well as an Award for Excellence presented by the U.S. Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency.