Security Innovation, the authority on application security and leading independent provider of risk assessment, risk mitigation and training services, announced it is certified as a Qualified Security Assessor Company for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
To become a QSAC, Security Innovation sent employees to be trained and certified as Qualified Security Assessors (QSA) by the PCI Security Standards Council. Security Innovation can now conduct PCI assessments, as well as help clients prepare for assessments and address any problematic areas encountered.
PCI DSS version 1.1, introduced in September 2006 by the PCI Security Standards Council, is a set of security standards for securing payment card data. These guidelines help organizations that accept or process card payments to prevent card fraud, hacking, and other security and privacy issues. The founding members of the PCI Security Standards Council are American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa International.
The PCI DSS includes policies relating to procedures, network architecture, software design, data handling and other critical protective measures. These policies ensure that all organizations that manage credit card information do so in a responsible and secure manner. PCI compliance is required of all merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit cardholder data.
“The number and severity of recent high-profile payment card data breaches have driven home the fact that security must be at the forefront of companies’ minds. It is certainly a priority for consumers,” said Michael Gavin, security strategist of Security Innovation. “Companies must continue improving security practices to protect the data of those that have entrusted it to them. Many merchants and service providers are struggling with the increased complexity and cost of compliance. The PCI standards provide definitive, enforceable guidelines that companies can adopt enterprise-wide to attain and maintain compliance.”
About Security Innovation
Security Innovation, Inc. is an independent application security firm that offers education, risk assessment and risk mitigation solutions to Fortune/Global 500 and enterprise IT organizations. Leading companies such as Adobe, Cisco, Fidelity, IBM, ING, HP, Microsoft, Visa, SAP, Symantec, VeriSign and government agencies, rely on Security Innovation’s expertise to gain confidence in the security of applications they build and/or acquire, and facilitate the technology, process and management change necessary to mitigate security risk. The company is headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., with offices in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Seattle, Wash. For more information about Security Innovation, visit www.securityinnovation.com or call +1.978.694.1008.