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Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

In order to ensure credit card payment security, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has defined a set of compliance requirements to safeguard credit card transactions and consumer personal and financial data under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

PCI DSS compliance is more than just satisfying a list of guidelines–it is a proven way to protect you and your customers’ data from outside attacks. Companies that are not PCI compliant significantly increase their risk of a breach and the likelihood of receiving a fine, which could be as high as $500,000 per incident, as well as risking the reputation of the company and brand.

The increasing complexity of enterprise IT environments continues to push the limits of internal security teams. Above Security can assist your team in ensuring your IT environment meets the business needs of your organization while complying with payment card industry standards and industry, international, state, and federal regulations.

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Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)

As a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Above Security will help you address all PCI DSS requirements while reducing the complexity and costs associated with it. Above Security will help you conduct analyses, deploy technology based on the assessment of your requirements, and implement policies and procedures to achieve the highest levels of compliance.



PCI DSS Compliance and Assessment Services

Above Security brings a depth of Information Assurance experience that is unmatched in the industry. With our knowledge of the PCI DSS standards, we tailor services for our clients within the compliance requirements parameters. Business risk is mitigated and audit preparedness maintained through a cycle of identifying PCI DSS scope, discovering in-scope assets, identifying gaps, identifying areas for scope reduction, and recommending and prioritizing remediation actions.

Above Security PCI DSS services include:

PCI Compliance Gap Analysis (Pre-Audit)—A review of compliance scope, security architecture, processes and controls against the full PCI DSS to help your organization understand options for scope reduction, identify gaps, and create a remediation strategy to successfully complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) or Report on Compliance (ROC)

PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ)—An assisted review and assessment of the applicable PCI DSS SAQ, resulting in a Qualified Security Assessor attested SAQ that can be provided to merchant acquirers and card processors

PCI Report on Compliance (ROC)—A comprehensive assessment of a company’s payment cardholder data environment, resulting in a documented ROC that provides an independent validation of compliance to be submitted to acquirers and card brands

PCI Network Vulnerability Testing—Internal and external vulnerability scans, quarterly and after any significant changes are made to the network

PCI Application and Network Penetration Test—Annual application-layer and network-layer penetration tests on the relevant environment scope, as well as, after any significant infrastructure upgrade or modification

PCI Web Application Vulnerability Assessment—Application vulnerability assessment on public-facing websites collecting, storing, or transmitting card data that is performed at least once a year, as well as, after any significant application upgrade or modification

PCI Wireless Assessment—Quarterly testing for the presence of wireless access points within in-scope environments

PCI Approved Scanning Services—Quarterly vulnerability scanning performed according to the scanning requirements set by the PCI Security Standards Counci

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Simplified Management – One Single View

Our secure ArkAngel portal allows you to manage your PCI DSS compliance profile on a 24/7 basis. With all security policies and procedures, incident response management, vulnerability assessments, security posture reports, and security logs in one place, the portal will help you provide clear evidence of compliance with all security controls and simplify your self-assessment processes and PCI audits.

Comprehensive Coverage 

We simplify the implementation process by providing you with all you need to ensure that cardholder data is not being compromised:

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  • Decreased Risk of Security Breaches—Through PCI compliance, your organization can follow a proven path for taking effective measures to protect your customers’ payment card data and implement similar controls to protect sensitive company data, intellectual property, and other customer data from attack.
  • Greater Peace of Mind and Confidence—By being PCI compliant, your customers will have peace of mind and confidence in your organization, knowing their data is protected when they make a purchase. PCI compliance can boost customer attraction and retention, while protecting the reputation of your company and brand.
  • Avoid Costly Fines—By passing a number of PCI compliance tests, your organization significantly reduces its risk of a breach and likelihood of receiving a fine; which could be as high as $500,000 per incident.
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Why Above Security?

  • Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)—As a QSA, Above Security can provide a detailed review of the security of your payment transaction systems using trained and certified personnel with processes to assess and validate compliance with the PCI DSS regulations.
  • Best Practices—Above Security brings a depth of Information Assurance experience unmatched in the industry. With our solid knowledge of PCI DSS, experience with industry practices, processes, procedures and standards, such as ISO/IEC 27000 Series, COBIT (Fifth Edition) and Information Security Forum (ISF) Standards of Good Practice, we can tailor services for our clients to match the compliance parameters of the standard.
  • Proven Approach—Business risk is mitigated and audit preparedness maintained through a cycle of discovering assets, identifying vulnerabilities, assessing business impact, and prioritizing actions. Above Security’s approach is that of a security practitioner who can address PCI requirements and work with you to meet your overall security needs. This distinguishes Above Security from vendors who only have PCI backgrounds and/or automated scanning capabilities.
  • Depth of Experience—Our Security Consultants provide expert security consulting to help you achieve and maintain PCI compliance. Above Security has the depth of expertise and trained professionals to address multiple aspects of PCI compliance, including scanning services, onsite or remote assessment, and remediation services.
  • Comprehensive Analysis—Above Security provides multiple perspectives (external and internal scanning views) and valuable interpretation, with recommendations based on results—not just automated scan reports. Our reports are used in remediation and readiness scenarios.

Start with Compliance and Build from There

Meeting security compliance is important, but are you really protected? Being compliant isn’t the same as being secure. Unknown cyber threats evolve every day, so your security program should too.

Above Security can not only help you meet government and industry standards, we can do so much more. We’ll work with you to develop a comprehensive and integrated IT Risk Management program to guard you when and where you need it most.

That way you can decrease risk of security breaches, avoid costly fines, and have a greater peace of mind.

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