Who We Are

Since 1992, Unified Compliance has developed ground-breaking tools to support IT best practices with a special focus on regulatory compliance, metrics, systems continuity, and governance. Recently released, the Common Controls Hub, built on the famous Unified Compliance Framework, is our flagship product. The Common Control Hub's content and methodology is the direct result of our deep understanding of  IT regulations and standards as well as decades of experience consulting for clients, publications, and vendors in the mission-critical IT arena.

Who Developed the UCF?

The Unified Compliance Framework® represents original research by Dorian J. Cougias, cofounder and compliance scientist of Unified Compliance, and his research partner, Marcelo Halpern of the international law firm of Perkins Coie which oversees all legal aspects of the UCF, together with input from our field editors worldwide.

The UCF® was developed to answer several questions:

  • Can the organization's existing controls be used for attestation under multiple regulatory initiatives? 
  • Which regulatory initiatives overlap the others?
  • Which regulatory initiatives fill the gaps left by others?

In order to answer these questions, thorough and in-depth research into the technical as well as legal interpretations of each authority document in question had to be undertaken. As a result, Unified Compliance has cornered the market with the largest, broadest compliance methodologies in the world, including methodologies for solid research, cross referencing, glossary, fact checking, and editorial to maintain the high standards enjoyed by the vendors and end users of the Unified Compliance Framework.


Dorian J. Cougias

Dorian J. Cougias is the co-founder of Unified Compliance, a company focusing on the science of compliance, including harmonization methods, metrics, systems continuity, and governance.
Over the last eighteen years, Dorian has served as CIO of two of the leading advertising agencies in the world, has served as CEO of an international software company, and overseen Unified Compliance. He has written and spoken extensively on all matters of information technology, is a leading expert witness, and has won numerous writing and speaking awards.
Dorian serves as an adviser or working group member to the Payment Card Security Council, Financial Technology Forum, and other industry organizations. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Technology, lecturing and serving on the board of advisers for the University of Delaware; College of Human Services, Education, and Public Policy.
As the primary architect of the Unified Compliance Framework (UCF), Dorian and his research partner, Marcelo Halpern of the international law firm, Perkins Coie, have created the first and largest data structure and accumulation of content for governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management. The UCF features harmonized controls across hundreds of authority documents, allowing companies to easily and transparently accelerate their IT compliance and governance.

Marcelo Halpern

Marcelo Halpern is a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm of Perkins Coie which has a focus on Licensing & Technology.

Marcelo has provided representation and advice to global "Fortune 100" companies, start-up and emerging growth companies, domestic and foreign governments, as well as traditional Chicago and Midwest based companies. His experience includes structuring and negotiating technology-based strategic alliances and joint ventures; domestic and international outsourcing transactions; internet exchanges and marketplaces; software, database and content licensing; counseling on digital strategy concerns including internet security, data acquisition, and privacy issues; ISP, ASP, hosting, and software services agreements; internet advertising and sponsorship agreements; technology development and co-development transactions; ERP implementation transactions; private labeling, co-branding, and other marketing and distribution strategies; venture capital investments; and mergers and acquisitions involving technology companies or intellectual property assets.  Marcelo also provides general corporate representation to software, consulting, internet, ecommerce and technology companies.

Mr. Halpern has been recognized in Chambers' USA Guide to Leading Business Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and in Illinois Leading Lawyers Network. He currently serves on the Board of Editors for The Internet Newsletter and for The E-Commerce Law Report  and formerly served on the Board of Directors, and as Secretary and Treasurer for the MPEG-4 Industry Forum, a nonprofit international organization dedicated to the promotion of technological standards in digital media. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Law at The John Marshall Law School in both its JD and LLM programs. Marcelo is a member of the American Bar Association (Section of Science and Technology), the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association (Computer Law Committee), and the Computer Law Association. Marcelo also serves on the firm's also serves on the firm's Diversity Scholars Program Committee and Technology Committee.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Marcelo was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Latham & Watkins and also Gordon & Glickson LLC, where he led that firm's internet and e-commerce practice group.  Prior to attending graduate school, Marcelo served as vice president of a software development and consulting firm and worked as a software systems developer and manager.


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1992
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Associate Editor,Columbia Business Law Review
M.B.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Business, 1992
Beta Gamma Sigma
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1985




Craig Isaacs

Craig Isaacs is CEO of Unified Compliance and is responsible for making the Unified Compliance Framework the cornerstone of IT compliance. Prior to joining Unified Compliance, Craig was president of Neon Software through their acquisition by SolarWinds. Craig was responsible for shepherding Neon's award-winning LANsurveyor software into the market and securing its place as the number one selling automated network documentation tool with Microsoft's release of LANsurveyor for Microsoft Office Visio.

Prior to Neon Software, Craig spent 10 years as vice president, sales and marketing, for Dantz Development Corporation (prior to its acquisition by EMC). During his tenure at Dantz, the organization achieved greater than 90% market share for Retrospect in the Macintosh market and released Retrospect for Windows with OEM agreements from key hardware vendors, including Sony and Maxtor.

Craig has also held international sales, strategic marketing, and product management positions at a number of other technology companies, including UNIX 4GL/RDBMS vendor Unify Corporation.

Craig received a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.