igxglobal becomes a Qualified Data Security Company (QDSC) offering PCI Gap analysis and audits for credit card merchants

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Visa and MasterCard require the use of PCI (Payment Card Industry) Qualified Data Security Companies (QDSCs) to perform on-site compliance validation assessments using the PCI Security Audit Procedures derived from the PCI Data Security Standard.

The standard has been endorsed by several card companies as the accepted model to aid merchants and service providers in protecting non-public information that is so readily sought after by Identity Thieves.

igxglobal, a leading information security integrator, announces their recognition as an approved QDSC as part of the newly aligned Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP).

CISP compliance is required of all merchants and service providers that store, process, or transmit cardholder data. The program applies to all payment channels from storefront retail to mail and telephone order companies, as well as any one operating an e-commerce site. Merchants and service providers' must adhere to the PCI standard, which offers a single approach to safeguarding sensitive data for all card brands.

"The program creates a common industry security standard that can be measured and trusted as a best practice approach" said Barry Johnson, igxglobals' Director of Risk Mitigation. "The standard has been endorsed by several card companies as the accepted model to aid merchants and service providers in protecting non-public information that is so readily sought after by Identity Thieves."

igxglobal will not only offer merchants and service providers onsite PCI validation assessments but will help to ensure they have a comprehensive understanding of the standards and policies put in place by Visa to protect their information in the coming years. This will help decision makers design and plan for future development and strategies with the sole focus of information privacy. This critical service will help companies to maintain a strong defense against exposures and compromise. With an ever increasing amount of identity theft and internet crime, merchants and service providers are becoming a prime target for attacks. The proficiency with which a QDSC conducts an assessment can have a tremendous impact on the consistent and proper application of PCI measures, and controls. Given this very important fact, Visa has modified its process to qualify security companies that choose to take on the role of a QDSC in order to ensure that those participating meet both ethical and offer a high level of expertise to ensure quality.

About igxglobal

igxglobal provides solutions that help our clients to develop deploy and sustain an effective long term network and information security practice. We deliver on these solutions by providing our clients with the Intelligence required to make informed decisions, the Products that provide insight and enforcement and the Operations to sustain that desired state of predictability.

These solutions are systematically delivered in our core competencies of:

Threat Mitigation Services.

Security Products.

Professional Services.

Security Operations Services.

It is through our offerings that we address the complex problems and security challenges that our clients are struggling with. Whether your needs warrant pre or post intelligence, or the operation is handled by your resources or ours, igxglobal has the experience, expertise and knowledge to reduce your risk and simplify your approach in order to achieve predictability with security.

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