PCI audit for enterprise businesses
Driven by increasing data breaches and theft, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is designed to protect businesses and their customers against payment card data theft and misuse. The proliferation of hardware and software in the payments ecosystem is driving demand for a more technical cyber security partner to help and provide advice about meeting tougher requirements, while still serving as a business partner to improve your long-term security posture.
Protect profits by managing payment card risk
It is our belief that viewing the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) as a compliance burden is wrong. Organisations should use it as originally intended: as an information security baseline that provides the opportunity to reduce risk. A focus on snapshot efforts is not sustainable or cost effective, and will have a negative effect on performance in the long run. IT Governance’s approach to PCI DSS is to use the Standard as a set of information security controls that will integrate within a broader governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) framework to achieve greater efficiencies and further reduce risk.
IT Governance’s service range can support PCI activities throughout all stages – from the initial implementation of a PCI programme to performing regular assessments to improve your organisation’s overall security posture.
Our highly-skilled team of experts includes: a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), who performs the assessment; an experienced management consultant, who is your trusted adviser for our ongoing business relationship; and other experts where needed, depending on the size and complexity of your requirements.
The three-step PCI DSS process: a pathway to success
Our QSAs can review your in-scope systems and networks to provide a detailed report about the areas that need attention. You will also receive a plan to bridge the gap between your current security posture and full compliance with the Standard, demonstrating the necessary corrective actions and enabling you to reduce the risk of a data breach.
- Create a snapshot of PCI DSS compliance to identify areas requiring immediate attention and cost-effective remediation, in prioritised terms.
We understand that PCI DSS remediation can be both time consuming and resource intensive. Our QSAs can develop a well-structured remediation plan to help fix areas of non-compliance and accelerate the retesting process.
- Establish a clear and concise plan to reach full compliance, and demonstrate a greater return on investment (ROI) through efficient use of budget and resources.
Our QSA consultants are experienced assessors that can readily understand your business and the payment solutions and technologies you use, which ensures assessments of the highest quality.
- Receive a complete review of your cardholder data environment and the risks that you need to manage, along with an accurate assessment of where you stand in relation to the requirements.
Solutions to help pave the way to compliance
Our HackerGuardian Scanning Service is a vulnerability assessment scanning solution designed to identify website vulnerabilities and, where relevant, to achieve and maintain PCI compliance. Website and network administrators have complete control over their scanning service and use a secure online console to schedule and run scans.
Confirm that the controls required by the PCI DSS are in place and effective. PCI compliance requires internal and external vulnerability scans, and regular penetration tests. Our CREST-accredited pen testers can help ensure that your organisation is prepared for the full range of attacks that companies face.
Policy and procedure development
Our PCI DSS documentation toolkit gives you all the documentation required by the Standard. Designed by a leading QSA, this toolkit contains all the expert guidance, advice and fully customisable documentation templates you will need to keep your payment card operations running smoothly and securely.
Security awareness training and education
The PCI DSS requires merchants and service providers to implement a formal security awareness programme and ensure employees understand the importance of handling cardholder data securely. IT Governance’s security awareness and training courses range from increasing your employees’ knowledge of the PCI DSS to providing comprehensive and practical coverage of all aspects of implementing a compliance programme.
Top reasons to use IT Governance for PCI compliance
Authorised QSA company
As an authorised QSA, we can advise on challenging aspects of the PCI DSS. Our cost-effective and customised advisory services provide a tailored route to PCI compliance, scalable to your budget and need.
Focused on improving security, not just compliance
Our approach to helping clients is to help strengthen their security posture rather than offering an audit-based service. We can offer an integrated approach to PCI DSS compliance due to our expertise in other internationally adopted standards, such as ISO 27001, ISO 9001 and the GDPR.
Minimise business disruption and costs
Our experts can help build the PCI requirements into everyday business processes to ensure continual compliance and ease the burden at annual QSA audits. We work with our customers to assure PCI compliance while minimising business disruption, keeping costs down and ensuring improved customer engagement.
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