OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Nikhil D'Souza is an experienced and proven Information Technology and Finance professional with over 12 years of experience in IT Governance, security frameworks, risk assessments, audits / compliance readiness, SAP ERP implementations, and strategy consulting.
Nikhil joined us from Target Corporation where he successfully led multiple enterprise wide engagements to analyze, develop and implement new technology solutions and cross-functional programs including working on and with the SAP implementation team for 6 years. He also formed Target's first fully integrated finance and IT audit team consisting of diverse professionals from both business segments. Prior to Target, Nikhil was with Deloitte where he led multiple teams on SAP security compliance assessments and SAP Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) implementations. He also performed IT and finance audits including SOX and SOC I / SOC II attestation engagements.
Nikhil holds a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's Degree is Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS) from Luther College. Nikhil is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - State of MN, a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Privacy Profesional (CIPP/US).
Jacob Carroll is a highly skilled IT professional with 11+ years of experience in the technology services field. His considerable expertise spans across multiple industries including the Public Sector, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Retail. His primary areas of expertise include: IT Audit, Security Consulting, Identity & Access Management, Vendor Assessments and Governance, Risk & Compliance.
Jacob joined us from Target Corporation where he successfully supported a revolving portfolio of 30+ technology projects by providing security expertise to assess potential threats and minimize risk. One of his noted signature strengths is his ability to breakdown complex technical issues and translates them into consumable information that business management can quickly act upon.
Previously, Jacob was with U.S. Bank for over 5 years and served as a senior auditor and as an information security specialist. Most notably was his instrumental part in development and rollout of an enterprise wide identity and access management platform. Prior to the Bank, Jacob performed external audit engagements for Deloitte including SOX compliance walkthroughs and detailed testing.
Jacob holds a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, MIS (minor) from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. His credentials also include several industry leading certifications including: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and Social Media Security Professional (SMSP).
Walter Zuniga, founder of Backbone Consultants, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a 15-year Information Technology (IT) leader and has worked with Fortune 500 companies in a wide array of industries. Walter has built a solid foundation of clients through his Technology Risk Advisory Service.
Walter has a long record of successfully advising local, national and multi-national clients with their IT security, IT audit, and privacy needs. Walter specializes in applying his deep technical expertise and industry knowledge to help organizations address information and technology risk challenges including information security assessments, regulatory audits, HIPAA/HITECH reviews, SSAE16 readiness, IT SOX and ERP security reviews.
Before founding Backbone Consultants, Walter was with Deloitte where he managed multiple clients on information technology risk services and attestations engagements.
Walter holds a Master's in System Software (MSS) from the University of Saint Thomas and a Bachelor's Degree is Systems Engineering from Villarreal University in Lima, Peru. Walter holds designations of a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).
Backbone Consultants is managed by some of the IT industry's best and brightest thought leaders. Together they have over 30+ years of industry experience and are committed to keeping a deep understanding of IT Risk Advisory Services field. This is the 'Backbone' value proposition.