Tuesday, 1 April 2014

3 new certified QSA's reporting for duty.

In March, 3 of our Australia based employees became certified as Qualified Security Assessors (QSA’s) which doubles the number of QSA’s working for CQR covering Australia and New Zealand.

CQR have been a QSA company for a number of years and prides itself on having available QSA resources in each of their Australian offices.

Being certified as a QSA means that the PCI Security Standards Council has assessed each candidate to meet the requirements to perform a PCI data security assessment, and are able to validate a client’s adherence to the PCI DSS.

Why comply to PCI DSS?

For vendors who are responsible for the safe handling of cardholder information the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a key part which provides an actionable framework for developing a robust payment card data security process, including prevention, detection and appropriate reaction to security incidents.

Undertaking a PCI Security Standard can seem like a lot of effort, especially for those with smaller organisations, but the benefits out way those doubts. In an environment where data is valuable, showing compliance to PCI DSS lets customers know that your systems are secure and they can trust you with their sensitive payment card information. That trust allows your customers to be happy doing business with you and making confident customers they are more likely to become repeat customers or recommend you to others.

For other organisations doing business with you it shows that you are conscious about security and are active in looking after your data and that of others. Compliance is an everyday process and ensuring that you are up to date and meeting the standards guidelines is just as important. Being compliant can also help with other regulations that are out there.

Being compliant not only gives your customers and business partners confidence and peace of mind but it will also help your company to avoid the negative effects of compromised data, including loss of sales, relationships which can lead on to insurance claims, cancelled accounts, payment card and government fines. None of which any organisation wishes to encounter. This shows that the benefits of having a robust PCI DSS can benefit all organisation who deal with cardholder information.

CQR have proven success in supporting businesses through stages of their PCI journey and having additional PCI QSA’s ensures that the extra skills are available to achieve this.

Contact CQR today to see how we can help you achieve compliance today.

Sarah Taylor

No comments:

Post a Comment