Management Team


Mark Akins

Mark Akins is a United States Air Force veteran and has over 18 years of operational experience managing organizations, people and computer systems in a diversely cultural (international) environment. He holds several industry certifications including PCI QSA, CISSP, CISA, CTT, MCSE, and MCNE and his technical specialization falls within the area of IT Security and the auditing of secure access to network systems and data based on standards compliance. His professional memberships include ISSA, ISACA, and ISC2.


Ed Dewsnap
Board Member

Ed has over 15 years of PCI and accounting experience. Ed worked for American Express, where he conducted and supervised financial and EDP audits throughout Asia, Middle East, and Latin America.  Additionally, Ed lived in Hong Kong for 2 years to train a new regional audit group. Most notably, Ed lead a major project for Amex to implement an international credit and collections system for a multi-million dollar portfolio.  Throughout Ed's career, he has been involved in IT Systems development and security and is valued member of 1st Secure IT.

Steve Dewsnap

Steve is a former Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has over 22 years of Information Technology experience. Steve has successfully managed numerous IT Security Reviews for Financial Institutions and Third Party Service Providers. Additionally, his prior experience includes leading SAS-70 audits and performing many IT Security audits utilizing standards of the PCI SSC, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and FFIEC. Steve's an active, licensed CPA and holds additional certifications for the PCI-QSA, CISSP, and MCP. Professional memberships include the AICPA and ISC2.

Alberto Espana
Board Member

Alberto has over 30 years in the payment industry, having worked for industry leaders such as Visa International, American Express, Citibank and Banco Santander in the areas of Risk Management, Security and PCI Compliance. He was a pioneer in the first years of PCI implementation when he personally completed over 100 PCI audits and was certified as a QSA. He currently is the CEO of Credix World SA based in San Jose, Costa Rica and also serves on the Board of First Atlantic Commerce of Bermuda and on the Board of 1st Secure IT.  

Steve Finizio
Board Member

Steve has 17 years of successful and progressive responsibility in the implementation and management of Information Technologies. He holds several professional certifications that include MCSE and MCNE. Prior to starting 1st Secure IT, Steve worked as the Network manager for SETA Corporation in Boca Raton, FL where he used his expertise with the latest highly secure defense systems to integrate smart cards, intrusion detection systems (IDSs), virtual private networks (VPNs), and public key infrastructure (PKI) technologies.

Abelardo Rodrigues

Abelardo has extensive experience in the areas of Banking Technology and Operations that includes 24 years with Citigroup with a broad range of international assignments related to Technology Management, Audit, Information Security, Risk and Project Management. For more than 10 years, Abelardo led audit activities for 22 countries in Latin America and Caribbean, including areas of IT, such as Data Centers, Networks, Information Security, Development Units, Project Risk Reviews and Systems Applications. Abelardo has performed more than 60 PCI DSS assessments for companies in Latin America and Caribbean.


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