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PCI DSS QSA Auditor for Atlanta, GA | Competitive, Fixed Fees | Call Today

Seeking a high-quality, PCI DSS QSA auditor for Atlanta, GA in helping your organization become compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions? Then contact PCI-QSA Charles Denyer of NDB Advisory at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706, or email him directly at cdenyer@ndbcpa.com.  Charles is one of the industry's longest licensed QSA's, having performed numerous Level 1 onsite assessments for various companies and industries throughout North America. What's more, he can provide your organization with a competitively priced, fixed-fee engagement, along with providing a large number of supporting PCI DSS compliance resources, such as policies and procedures – and much more. PCI-QSA Charles Denyer and NDB Advisory of Atlanta offer the following services regarding Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliance:

  • PCI DSS Readiness Assessments | Gap Analysis findings
  • PCI Policy and Procedure writing services, with our industry leading, internally developed PCI policies and procedures.
  • Internal and external penetration testing, along with network layer and application layer penetration testing.
  • Administrative assistance with filing all necessary documentation with all major card brands, such as filing the Report on Compliance (RoC) with VISA for acceptance onto their master global service list.

Merchants and service providers – which essentially consist of millions of businesses throughout North America – are having to roll up their sleeves and get serious about compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions.  Trust the highly competent and well-skilled experts at NDB Advisory for helping you every step of the way, from initial PCI DSS readiness assessments and gap analysis findings to performing Level 1 onsite assessments.  NDB Advisory also provides much-needed PCI policy and procedure writing services with our highly customized templates.  NDB Advisory – your PCI DSS QSA auditors for Atlanta, GA.

Whatever your industry, PCI-QSA Charles Denyer and his staff at NDB Advisory have the skills and PCI “know-how” to get it done, all in a cost-effective manner. Call Charles Denyer today at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 or email him at cdenyer@ndbcpa.com to learn more about our PCI DSS QSA auditor services for Atlanta, GA.

 

 

8 PCI Compliance Requirements Every Business Needs to Know About

PCI compliance requirements are affecting virtually every industry and business sector, ultimately requiring organizations to undergo extensive measures for ensuring adherence to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions. It’s thus important for merchants, service providers, and all other entities involved in the storage, processing, and/or transmission of cardholder data to understand what PCI compliance really means, that is, the “who, what, when, where, and why” of this ever-growing and expanding framework.  Charles Denyer, a noted Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI-QSA), discusses the following 8 PCI compliance requirements that every business should know about:

1. Compliance is mandatory – Are you an organization that stores, processes, and/or transmits cardholder data, or have some type of credible nexus with such cardholder data? If so, then welcome to the world of PCI DSS compliance, which seems to be growing and expanding more and more.  For purposes of PCI, organizations are identified as either merchants or service providers, and along with these designations come varying compliance requirements, ranging from onsite assessments by a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI-QSA) to self-assessment procedures via the Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ) available from the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC).  

2. Policies and Procedures are a Must – One of the biggest mistakes I see as a PCI-QSA is merchants and service providers failing to understanding the fundamental importance of having documented policies and procedures in place for PCI compliance.  Sure, there are many technical requirements that must be met – no question about it – but the policy requirements can be just as arduous and taxing to complete. I recommend finding high-quality PCI compliance polices, such as those provided by pcipolicyportal.com.

3. Quarterly Scanning – Compliance with PCI for all merchants and service providers (regardless of transaction level) also consists of quarterly network scans, also known as "vulnerability scans", and it requires them to undergo both internal and external network scans.  And for initial PCI DSS compliance, four (4) passing quarterly scans is NOT required, but it is a strict requirement thereafter.  Additionally, scans are to be conducted by an Approved Scanning Vendor, known as an ASV, which is an organization ultimately approved by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) for conducting scans. Lastly – and this is important to note – internal and external scans are to be performed after any "significant" changes. What is "significant" – that's a question to discuss with a PCI-QSA, such as me, so give me a call if you have any questions at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706.

4. Penetration Testing – PCI compliance requirements also include penetration testing, which is detailed in Requirement 11 of the actual Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. In short, organizations will need to conduct a comprehensive pen test, which includes both external and internal tests, both from a network layer and application layer perspective.

5. Report on Compliance – If it’s an onsite assessment that’s required for your organization, then you’ll need to contact a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI-QSA), such as myself (Charles Denyer | 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706 | cdenyer@ndbcpa.com).  The end deliverable for an onsite assessment is known as the Report on Compliance, or “RoC” as it’s called in the industry.

6. SAQ vs. Onsite Assessments – The vast majority of merchants and service providers can meet PCI compliance via the self-assessment process, which essentially means completing a “Self-Assessment Questionnaire” and the accompanying Attestation of Compliance (AoC). However, a small, but growing number of organizations still require onsite assessments by an actual PCI-QSA.  The SAQ vs. Onsite Assessments are apples vs. oranges – very different in many ways – with costs being one of the most important to note.

7. If you process, store or transmit cardholder data, you’re in scope for PCI compliance – It’s really that simple and clear-cut. If you are involved in working with cardholder data in any way, then PCI compliance will surely be something to discuss amongst your organization.  Not only is non-compliance not a good idea, but your customers and other entities are starting to demand it now, more than ever before.  And this holds true especially for service providers, who are now being required to undertake compliance via SAQ D, or with an actual onsite assessment by a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI-QSA), such as Charles Denyer of NDB Advisory (cdenyer@ndbcpa.com | 1-800-277-5415, ext. 706).

8. PCI is a moving target – Forget about the "one and done" notion – compliance with the PCI DSS provisions requires a constant commitment, so just remember that.

PCI DSS | Industry Terminology you Should Know

If you are a merchant or service provider and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions are being required for your organization, then take some time to learn about industry terminology that will ultimately give you a better grasp of the who, what, where and why of PCI DSS compliance.

  • Cardholder: This is the customer purchasing goods either as a "card present" or "card not present" transaction. The customer is the individual who receives the payment card and bills from the issuer.
  • Issuer: Bank or other organization issuing a payment card on behalf of a Payment brand., such as MasterCard and Visa.  Additionally, some payment brands issue cards DIRECTLY, such as American Express, Discover Card and JCB.
  • Merchant: The organization accepting the payment card for payment during a purchase.
  • Acquirer: This is the bank or entity that the merchants uses to process their payment card transactions.  They essentially receive the authorization request from the merchant and forwards it to the issuer for approval. The acquirer also provides authorization, clearing and settlement services to merchants. Lastly, the acquirer is also called a merchant bank, ISO, a payment brand (AMEX, Discover, JCB), but NEVER Visa or MasterCard.

To learn more about the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions, visit the official PCI DSS Resource Guide