An assessment is the first step, but a system must be implemented to continually monitor any areas of weakness that may arise. PacNet Services’ Merchant Data Security Program not only addresses the initial steps, but provides a plan to identify and solve any future areas of vulnerability
Vancouver, BC, Canada (Vocus) October 14, 2009 -–
PacNet Services announced today that they have partnered with Datassurant to launch a Merchant Validation Program designed to provide instruction and assistance to merchants who are striving to comply with mandatory PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) as well as those who are ready to validate their compliance and become certified. Datassurant is both a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) for the card associations.
“This is good business,” says Renée Frappier, Director of Marketing, “PacNet Services has always offered one-stop payment processing solutions to our merchants. We are committed to supporting our clients in meeting their PCI DSS obligations as well. The Merchant Validation Program will ensure that merchants have opportunity to understand and implement PCI DSS with minimal cost and inconvenience.”
A common misconception surrounding PCI compliance is that there is a requirement to simply become certified; but the fact is that an ongoing effort is required to maintain the standards once they are set in place. Miles Kelly, a Compliance Specialist, notes that merchants may fall short of the PCI DSS simply due to lack of understanding. “Some merchants who have completed their PCI DSS validation still do not completely understand what is required of them”, says Kelly, “An assessment is the first step, but a system must be implemented to continually monitor any areas of weakness that may arise. PacNet Services’ Merchant Data Security Program not only addresses the initial steps, but provides a plan to identify and solve any future areas of vulnerability”.
Datasurrant’s Merchant Validation Program consists of a self assessment questionnaire appropriate to the merchant environment, followed by a series of vulnerability scans. The scans will identify any weaknesses or gaps that may allow an unauthorized or malicious user to gain access to a network and potentially compromise cardholder data. If any areas of weakness are detected, the program will provide resources to resolve them; once the weaknesses are addressed, a directed scan will ensure that the network once again meets PCI DSS.
PacNet Services is a payment processing company that offers a wide range of domestic and international payment solutions. A single client account at PacNet gives merchants and charitable organizations access to the facilities they need to accept and clear high volumes of payment such as credit card transactions, direct debit, ACH, foreign checks, and bank transfers; or to send outgoing payments such as refunds, rebates, dividends or prizes in both major and developing markets around the world.