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ACA Compliance Group (“ACA”) is pleased to announce that Chad Neale joined the firm as a Managing Director with ACA Aponix, the cybersecurity and risk division of ACA.
Chad comes to ACA from PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) where he was the Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy/Information Security Architect. In his role at PwC, Chad provided cyber assessment services to clients in various industries including financial services, healthcare, technology, energy, and entertainment. Prior to PwC, Chad served as Vice President, Information Security Officer for First Allied Securities, Inc. Chad brings deep, cross-vertical expertise to the portfolio company reviews and diligence services ACA Aponix provides its private equity and venture capital clients.
At ACA, Chad will oversee and enhance the portfolio company review and diligence offering, which provides private equity and venture capital firms with cyber assessments of their portfolio companies, both as part of pre-deal diligence and post-deal risk management. These assessments help PE and venture firms negotiate better deals, manage risks, and preserve their investment value through technology and cyber risk oversight throughout the portfolio company lifecycle. ACA Aponix’s team offers cross-domain expertise in IT and cybersecurity diligence, from processes around software development and code review to deep network security testing to IT governance best practices.
“It is critical that firms take steps to protect their investments from cyber-attacks,” said Marc Lotti, Partner at ACA Aponix. “Chad’s wealth of knowledge in information security across many verticals will help us expand the breadth of due diligence cyber assessments we conduct. We know that many portfolio companies face cyber-attacks due to IT security shortcomings, and we are excited to offer our clients unique expertise in assessing these risks.”
ACA Compliance Group (“ACA”) is a leading global provider of regulatory compliance products and solutions, cybersecurity and technology risk assessments, AML risk strategies, performance services, and technology solutions to the financial services industry. Founded in 2002 by former SEC examiners and a state regulator, ACA develops and provides its products through a worldwide team of former SEC, FINRA, FSA, NYSE, NFA, and state regulators, as well as former senior in-house compliance professionals and technologists from prominent financial institutions. ACA serves a diverse base of leading investment advisers, private fund managers, commodity trading advisors, investment companies, broker-dealers, and banks. ACA’s products include standard and customized compliance packages, cybersecurity and technology risk assessments, GIPS® verifications and other performance services, and a wide variety of technology solutions for financial services firms.
ACA Aponix provides tailored cybersecurity risk assessment and advisory services to the Private Equity industry and across the diverse set of portfolio company industries, including healthcare, energy, technology, retail, manufacturing, entertainment, and education. Our team of highly experienced technologists and compliance and risk management professionals bring deep cybersecurity expertise to our portfolio due diligence reviews. Our award-winning cyber risk assessment methodology has been designed specifically to help firms uncover risks and identify deficiencies in their cybersecurity policies, procedures, and controls.