Bob Russo

General Manager -

PCI Security Standards Council -


Bob Russo, the General Manager of the PCI Security Standards Council, works with representatives from American Express, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa Inc to drive awareness and adoption of the PCI Data Security Standard. Mr. Russo is responsible for driving the organization’s growth and development, as well as meeting its goals to create educational programs, establish pools of certified Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), Internal Security Assessors (ISAs), PCI Forensic Investigators (PFIs), and Approved Scanning Vendors (ASVs), and incorporate feedback from all stakeholders across the payment chain into the work of the Council and the development of new standards. In addition, Mr. Russo oversees the PCI Security Standards Council's training, testing, and certification programs for QSAs, ISAs, PFIs, and ASVs.
Mr. Russo brings more than 25 years of high-tech business management, operations, and security experience to the PCI Security Standards Council. Mr. Russo guides the organization through its crucial charter, focusing on improving data security standards for merchants, banks and other key stakeholders involved in the global payment card transaction process.