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The payments industry continues to undergo rapid changes and unfortunately, an ever-increasing risk for data breaches. Cyber criminals have become more sophisticated, and payments leaders need to move quickly to cover their cyber risk and protect cardholder data.

Beyond PCI compliance

In recent years, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has become the standard measure for payment-industry data security efforts. While complying with PCI is mandatory for anyone who stores, transmits, or processes cardholder data, simply remaining compliant is no guarantee of security.

Advanced technologies such as tokenization, point-to-point encryption (P2PE), 3DS, mobile payments, and EMV often outpace compliance mandates. As one of the first Qualified Security Assessors (QSA) for PCI compliance and a leader in technology-led cyber risk management, Coalfire helps payments organizations meet compliance mandates while building a pragmatic approach to mitigating cyber risk.

We have the complete breadth of technical capability within the PCI community and can help payments organizations validate every aspect of the card payment ecosystem. Our payments domain knowledge spans cloud, embedded systems, encryption, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, and virtualization. Should a breach occur, our team of PCI Forensic Investigators can respond rapidly to help the breached entity contain the compromise and begin remediation.

Our work with investigations enables us to help merchant and service provider clients with a deeper understanding of vulnerabilities, the implications of incorrectly implementing standards, and how compromises occur. Armed with this valuable information, clients can make more informed decisions, moving beyond simply meeting a standard and receiving validation to a more comprehensive security posture. 

Benefits of working with Coalfire:

  • Define risk and create a risk management program.
  • Complete PCI DSS, P2PE, and PA-DSS assessments.
  • Leverage PCI-compliant controls for other audits and controls.
  • Identify vulnerabilities in controls framework.
  • Integrate and leverage the latest payment technologies into the environment.
  • Test and validate security infrastructure.

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Why payments organizations choose Coalfire

  • As one of the original Qualified Security Assessor firms, we have performed thousands of PCI assessments.
  • As a founding member of the PCI Global Executive Assessor Roundtable, we work closely with the PCI Security Standards Council and the card brands to continually support improvements in the many standards.
  • Our payments practice has more than 100 QSAs, all of the PCI specialist designations, and a team of PFIs.
  • We have completed more than 1,000 PCI projects in the last two years, and conducted twice as many validations than any other PA-QSA since 3.0. 
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