Organizations that process a high volume of credit card transactions are required to have their system professionally assessed for compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS).
These Level One Assessments are performed by certified Qualified Security Assessors (QSA).
This validation component of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is a business’s last step of compliance with this mandatory security standard. Without a Level One Assessment performed by a QSA, businesses can be subject to fines and then additional penalties in the event of a data breach.
Proving your system’s alignment with this security baseline is the foundation for financial data safety.
Smaller organizations may be able to validate their PCI DSS compliance by using a self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ), then submitting an Attestation of Compliance (AOC) Form. High-transaction organizations, however, require a third-party assessment by a certified QSA vendor (or staff member).
Truvantis is one of only a few hundred organizations in the country that provides services and Level 1 assessments as a Qualified Security Assessor.
While all QSA vendors seem to be offering the same service, the quality and depth of your experience can vary greatly. Generally, there are two types of QSA vendors: former accountants and tech-industry experts. The latter can see the big picture of your security beyond the checkboxes.
That’s what we do.
Not only are we experts in the PCI DSS standard, but we also excel in helping companies to comply using a custom solution that’s best for their business. Our dedicated group of highly-technical specialists is trusted around the world to harden security and protect vital data.
A PCI DSS QSA Assessment (or Level 1 Assessment) is an on-site inspection and assessment of an organization’s cardholder data environment (CDE) for compliance with PCI DSS. It concludes with the official documentation of proof, or the Report on Compliance (ROC), that the QSA will prepare at the end of the assessment.
The goal of PCI DSS certification is to perform an annual checkup on the care with which an organization handles its payment cardholder data. With the right partner, a QSA assessment is also a valuable opportunity to understand how well your organization protects your customers' most sensitive data.
Our QSA assessment process is designed to be thorough, painless and valuable to you as a business. We begin with a kick-off call to ensure your team understands the process and to request all of the files and access that we’ll need.
Then, we’ll schedule an onsite assessment, followed by requests for further documentation as needed. If no major changes or further onsite visits are required, we’ll draft, finalize and file your Report on Compliance (ROC).
Start taking steps to tighten up your cardholder data security before your scheduled assessment. Whether that’s a self-assessment of your system or a full gap analysis, being proactive and aware will help you avoid delays and surprises.
Whether you’re ready for certification of your PCI DSS compliance or far from it, Truvantis is here to help. We are a proud Qualified Security Assessor, certified by the PCI to perform Level One Assessments and beyond.
We’re geeks at heart and can help you comply with PCI DSS using custom solutions that fit your security and cardholder data system goals. We’ll never sell a one-size-fits-all solution because good security should be a great match for your business and your system and technology stack.