Cocanower Expands Ability to Serve Clients with IACCP® Designation

itSynergy now uniquely positioned as a comprehensive IT partner for financial services companies

[Phoenix, AZ] – Founder and President of itSynergy, Michael Cocanower, has earned the designation of Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional® (IACCP®).

itSynergy is a managed service provider (MSP) based in Phoenix and regularly works with registered investment advisors. As a Certified Ethical Hacker, Cocanower established his ability to address clients’ cybersecurity vulnerabilities and identify risks. Adding the IACCP® designation was an important next step because it uniquely blends expertise in two top areas of concern for companies providing financial services.

“This cross-discipline knowledge is rare,” Cocanower said. “People know compliance or cybersecurity, not both. The IACCP® designation proves a depth of knowledge in compliance and securities laws. Being a Certified Ethical Hacker requires an equally deep understanding regarding cybersecurity and what it takes to protect organizations against the latest cyberthreats.”

The IACCP® designation awarded by NRS Education, the education and professional development division of National Regulatory Services (NRS), signals recognition of an advanced knowledge of and skill level of investment adviser compliance professionals and clarifies compliance competence. The designation program, co-sponsored by NRS and the Investment Advisers Association (IAA), acknowledges the heightened role of regulatory compliance and responds to the growing industry demand for nationally recognized compliance education, professional standards and ethical leadership.

“The criteria for the certification are very robust,” Cocanower said. “It was a thorough process, but like becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker, it was necessary in order to provide the highest level of service to our clients.”

itSynergy has been providing managed IT services and outsourced tech support to small- and mid-sized businesses for over 20 years. They are seen as trusted technology advisors by clients because we partner with them for success. Their philosophy is that when technology works as it should, it supports and enhances an organization’s ability to accomplish its goals and objectives and meet business growth goals. For more information, visit