Richmond, VA (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
The Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia – through their for-profit subsidiary – have signed an exclusive agreement with Sera-Brynn PCI/QSA Cyber Security Specialists. Sera-Brynn offers a full spectrum of IT security capabilities, services and products from data exposure testing, risk assessment and multiple IT compliance solutions.
“Many of our corporate financial clients have IT security compliance requirements but don’t know where to turn when they’re required to demonstrate that the data they collect is safe,” stated John Atkins, President of the Virginia Financial Services Corporation – IIAV’s for-profit arm and President of Lewis & Associates in Fredericksburg. “This is particularly the case for those clients who store, process or transmit credit card data. Sera-Brynn is one of the few companies with the industry certifications and capabilities to audit and certify compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. IIAV members will be able to refer clients to Sera-Brynn for compliance assistance.”
All companies that allow credit card payments are required to protect cardholder data or they can face heavy fines – especially if the cardholder data is breached. There are different levels of compliance required for companies that process less than 20,000 transactions and for those that do more. In addition to PCI QSA services, Sera-Brynn provides HIPAA Cyber Security services to medical facilities from hospitals to doctor’s offices that are required to protect electronic Health Record information. In addition, some companies may find it difficult to obtain cyber liability insurance coverage without first obtaining data security testing.
“In addition to our extensive real-world experience, all of our Security Engineers are PCI Qualified Security Assessors (QSA). That means the PCI Security Standards Council (established by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB ) have fully vetted our experience and capabilities to perform PCI audits for any size business,” stated Rob Hegedus, CEO of Sera-Brynn. “Through our partnership with VFSC, IIAV members can simply send Sera-Brynn a lead through the IIAV website and Sera Brynn will follow up from there. This allows the IIAV member to concentrate on cyber liability insurance, for example, while Sera-Brynn handles the technical aspects of Cyber Security compliance.”
IIAV is the first trade association to create a working relationship with a cyber security and compliance team and believes that this will be an excellent resource insurance agencies can provide to their clients. For more information go to http://www.iiav.com.
Founded in 1898, IIAV is part of the nation’s oldest and largest associations of independent insurance agents, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents and agency employees nationwide and over 4,000 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its members are insurance businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents offer all lines of insurance – property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: http://www.iiav.com and nationally http://www.independentagent.com