Michael Phillips - Information Security Expert

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Michael Phillips
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Occupation Founding Partner
Employer VSEC
Location Chicago
Website http://www.vsecllc.com

Michael Phillips is a information technology security expert who is a founding partner of VSEC, an information and cyber security firm. He is also an adjunct professor in IT auditing for DePaul University's College of Computing and Digital Media.

Previously, he was executive vice president for Rosenthal Collins Group (RCG). .


Phillips has over 20 years of experience in operations management, business development and finance within Swiss Banking and the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He joined RCG in 2008 to provide oversight on various aspects of Operational Risk Management, including Enterprise Security, Business Contingency Planning, Project Management Office and Risk Technologies.

In his most recent role before joining RCG, Phillips was the owner of Luminant Group LLC, a security consulting firm specializing in information assurance program development, analysis of security governance and IT controls, where he served as an executive advisor to clients. In that capacity, Phillips previously served as the interim chief technology officer at Cassandra Capital Partners LLC.

He served as information security officer in the information technology division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In his role at the Federal Reserve, he chaired the IT Risk Management Committee that transformed the Information Security Program & Infrastructure Engineering by restructuring the Change Control and Database & Systems support functions. Previously, he was a consultant for Emerald Technology, where he developed Information Security service offerings and led projects to implement secure e-business solutions.

Before consulting, Phillips was an officer at UBS, a global financial firm. In his role as director, he provided management oversight for the development and integration of the Information Security Program throughout the Americas. At UBS, he also managed the international systems entegration function through several mergers and acquisitions and was an integral leader in the global deployment of the firm’s proprietary derivatives trading platform.

MarketsWiki Education 2018 video

In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s 2018 Chicago event, Phillips talks about the state of information security (InfoSec), how he came to be a security professional, and what can be done to protect your information.


Phillips earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Northwestern University. He also received a degree from DeVry Institute of Technology.[1]


  1. Management Team. Rosenthal Collins Group LLC.