Daniel J. Desko CISA, CISSP, CTPRP

Dan is responsible for managing and leading a team of IT audit, security and risk professionals with diverse experience and skill sets for a wide range of clients across multiple industries. Dan is also responsible for project delivery, management and overall quality control. Dan currently serves numerous public and privately held firms in various capacities, covering a wide range of IT platforms and systems. Prior to Dan’s career in audit and security, he worked in the technology departmentsof a Fortune 150 manufacturer and a Fortune 50 healthcare insurance provider.

Dan has experience providing internal audit co/outsourcing and security consulting services across various industries. Services that Dan has provided include Sarbanes-Oxley 404 control design and testing, SOC1, 2 & 3 including SOC 2+ control design/testing/report development, vendor risk management consulting (SIG, AUP and VRMMM), general computer control development and testing, IT risk assessment/analysis, information security program development, network security assessments, internal and external network penetration assessments, information systems general control reviews, information security and privacy assessments (GLBA, HIPAA, ISO 27001, FFIEC Cybersecurity, NIST, and GDPR), PCIDSS compliance services, data analysis, business continuity and disaster recovery plan development and testing.

Dan is a seasoned and recognized presenter, speaker, and trainer on IT audit, risk, cybersecurity and other emerging technology risk topics. Dan has presented at numerous local and national ISACA and IIA conferences and has significant experience in providing IT audit, risk an cybersecurity updates to Boards and Audit Committees.


MBA - Information Technology and Finance, University of Pittsburgh
B.S.B.A - Information Technology, Duquesne University

Professional Speaking Engagements / Media Appearances

Upcoming and Past Engagements

11/5/2020 (Pittsburgh) – 5th Annual IUP Cyber Security Seminar; Top Ransomware Crimes This Year and How to Fight Modern Day Cyber Attacks

9/14/2020 (Pittsburgh) – 8th Annual Fraud and Corruption Awareness Seminar; Top Ransomware Crimes of 2019 and How to Fight Today’s Top Fraud Attacks

9/1/2020 (Pittsburgh) – 2020 Cyburgh, PA Initiative; Ransomware: Stories from the Frontline

11/4/2019 (Rome, Italy) – Prime Global World Conference; The State of Cybersecurity in the Public Accounting Profession

10/31/2019 (Pittsburgh) – 2019 Digital Bridge, Pittsburgh's Industry 4.0 Conference; Cybersecurity Panel

8/21/2019 (Columbus) -  OSCPA Accounting Technology Conference; Top Vulnerabilities That Hackers Love to Exploit

6/3/2019 (Pittsburgh) – Cyburgh Pittsburgh; Emerging Technologies Panel, Panel Moderator

5/15/2019 (Chicago) – Educause Security Professionals Conference; Break Through the Buzzwords and Achieve Measureable Cybersecurity Results

4/12/2019 (Columbus) – Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Central Ohio Information Security Summit; Effective Strategies for Board Communications on Cyber

3/14/2019 (Columbus) – Central Ohio ISACA; Penetration Testing Your Way To Being a Better Auditor

3/12/2019 (Dallas) - Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), General Audit Management (GAM) Conference; Made-to-Measure, a Tailored Approach to Cybersecurity Assurance

11/13/2018 (Pittsburgh) – Financial Executives International (FEI); 10 Vulnerabilities That Hackers Love to Exploit

10/11/2018 (Pebble Beach) – Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Regional Meeting; 10 Vulnerabilities That Hackers Love to Exploit

Professional and Community Involvement

Outgoing President—Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Pittsburgh

Member—The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

Member—Committee Member—Shared Assessments Group, AUP Committee

Audit Committee Member—Pressley Ridge Foundation

Member—Duquesne University Accounting Advisory Board

Volunteer—The First Tee of Pittsburgh



Do you have a hobby/personal passion? 
My family is my personal passion, I love to spend as much time as possible doing fun things with my wife and son. In my spare time, I love to play golf with good friends.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received? 
Maybe you should look into technology as a career path.

Who is your role model?
I have two. My Mom and Dad. My Dad has a great sense of humor, can build/fix just about anything and knows what to say at just the right time. My Mom has been my teacher, literally and figuratively, from day one and has constantly pushed me to succeed in everything I do.

What was your childhood dream?
I always wanted to be a doctor when I was younger.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self? 
Don’t worry as much about grades, focus more on the quickest path to hands-on experience.

People would be surprised to know that I…
Have a creative side.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?  
Our team gets to help secure the organizations that serve our communities. It doesn’t get any better than that for a true sense of purpose.

What was your first job?  
I was a caddie at Edgewood Country Club in the summer and shoveled snow in the winter.

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken)
Don’t be afraid to fail, in fact, fail as fast as you can. It is the single best way to learn.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?  
Take my son for a walk or read to him.

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Don’t be afraid to roll up the sleeves and work hard. Putting in the extra time now will help you get ahead in the long run.

Daniel J. Desko CISA, CISSP, CTPRP

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Shareholder Dan Desko is responsible for managing and leading a team of IT security professionals with diverse experiences, from former NSA cyber-operators, to data forensic pros and network hacking gurus.

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