403 Labs, LLC Becomes Approved Payment Card Industry Forensic Investigator (PFI)

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403 Labs, LLC, a leading information security consulting and services company, has been approved to conduct forensic investigations through the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council’s (PCI SSC’s) newly launched PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) program.

We have been active in the forensics industry for years, and with our focus on PCI, we felt that the PFI certification was important to expand our service offerings in a manner that would bring value to our clients and partners.

403 Labs, LLC, a leading information security consulting and services company, has been approved to conduct forensic investigations through the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council’s (PCI SSC’s) newly launched PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) program.

The PFI program was officially launched on March 1, 2011. According to the PCI SSC, the PFI program is designed to “establish and maintain rules and requirements regarding eligibility, selection, and performance of companies that provide forensic investigation services to ensure they meet PCI Security Standards. The PFI program aims to help compromised or partially compromised entities by simplifying and expediting procedures for approving and engaging forensic investigators.”

In addition to being recognized as both a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA) company, 403 Labs also had to demonstrate that it met the requirements of having:

  •     A dedicated forensic investigation practice within the company
  •     Employees with the right backgrounds and skills
  •     Experience performing investigations within the financial industry using proven investigative methodologies & tools
  •     Relationships with law enforcement to demonstrate the ability to support any resulting criminal investigations

“Our entire staff was very passionate about becoming a PFI company,” said D.J. Vogel, 403 Labs’s Principal. “We have been active in the forensics industry for years, and with our focus on PCI, we felt that the PFI certification was important to expand our service offerings in a manner that would bring value to our clients and partners.”

Currently, 403 Labs is only one of nine companies approved to conduct PCI forensic investigations in the United States, and one of the first approved through the newly-launched PFI program. “The hard work and dedication that allowed us to apply and receive approval in such a timely manner is a direct reflection of the exemplary effort and competency our team demonstrates throughout all of their work,” said Vogel.

About 403 Labs

403 Labs is a full-service information security and compliance consulting firm. 403 Labs specializes in performing compliance audits, computer security assessments, penetration tests and computer forensic investigations. As a company with an international presence, 403 Labs has the privilege of working with leading financial institutions, payment card processors and merchants from around the world. 403 Labs’s team has extensive knowledge and experience in cross-industry verticals, including the payment card, financial, restaurant, hospitality, healthcare and educational sectors. 403 Labs is an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), a Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA) and a PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) certified to perform the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). For more information please visit http://www.403labs.com.

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