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PCI: DSS Audit & Compliance Reporting

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PCI: DSS Audit & Compliance Reporting is a necessary requirement for level 1 merchants

PCI: DSS Audit and Compliance Reporting aids businesses completing required reports including Self Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ’s) or full Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Reports On Compliance (ROCs) 

However, it can also be beneficial for any organisation handling payment data. aids businesses completing required reports including Self Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ’s) or full Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Reports On Compliance (ROCs).

Upon completion of the report, SES’s consultant will also provide you with an Attestation Of Compliance (AOC) to be signed by both the QSA conducting work and an Executive Officer of your organisation. 

It is important to note that for certain organisations (level 1 merchants processing more than 6 million transactions annually) a ROC is a compulsory requirement and the PCI Security Standards Council requires these organisations to present a ROC for certification. A ROC can only be completed by an approved assessor and can not be done through self-assessment.

Benefits of PCI: DSS Audit & Compliance Reporting

PCI: DSS Audit and Compliance Reporting must be completed on a standard-issue form provided by the PCI Security Standards Council. This provides you with complete peace of mind that the methodologies used to determine compliance and methodology of the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) used to measure compliance are consistent with the requirements set out by the standard. 

SES’s consultants will provide you with a detailed overview of your own CDE, highlighting the requirements that are compliant, not applicable or not tested. Ideally, these reports provide evidence to all stakeholders that your organisation is compliant with the standard.

Additional benefits of the PCI: DSS Audit & Compliance Reporting service include:

Shows you're compliant

Fulfils the critical objective of showing that your organisation is compliant.

Provides peace of mind

Provides peace of mind.

Complete mandatory reports

Completes mandatory reports in a correct, error-free format by knowledgeable PCI: DSS professionals.

Reduce ongoing compliance

Makes use of appropriate SAQs to reduce ongoing compliance requirements.

Compensating Control Worksheets

May include, where applicable, analysis of and completion of Compensating Control Worksheets.

Verification of compliance

Provides authorised, independent verification of compliance.

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Our expertise. Your questions answered

What’s the easiest thing to implement in my office?

There are many controls every organisation should put in place to ensure good defence against cyber threats - from the basics like using anti-virus, email filters and firewalls, to more in-depth activities, like Penetration Testing and Phishing Assessments. One of the basic controls you can implement easily in both your professional and personal lives is good password hygiene. In some cases, your password is often the only thing keeping cyber criminals away from your sensitive information; length is the primary factor when creating a strong password—the longer it is, the more guesses will be needed by hackers to get it right.

Am I investing my Cyber Security budget correctly?

You could take a blanket approach and cover every possibility, but that’s an expensive strategy and your Finance Manager or CFO probably wouldn’t be happy to spend money unnecessarily. Every business faces different threats, so what the organisation in the next office needs to defend against isn’t necessarily what you need to invest in. It’s important to get an understanding of your threat profile and align that with the risks you’re willing to take (or not take). From there, you can decide what you should be investing in.

How do I educate my team to handle cyber threats?

The cyber threat is ever-changing and even with the best technical defences in place, the end-users (i.e. humans) are usually the weakest link. That is not to say that cyber security should only be non-technical, but it is important to have the right balance. Knowing where to start for cyber security generally can be difficult and working out what your team needs to know is a bit overwhelming. Like knowing where to invest your budget, how you train your team also starts with understanding your specific threats.

What do I do when something goes wrong?

Frustratingly, you’ve put in place all these useful security controls, but with the threats changing so often, keeping up can be hard. Therefore, it’s important to have the mindset that, it’s not about if you get breached, it’s about when you get breached and then how you handle it. Having a plan in place will ensure the consequences of a breach don’t undo of all your hard work in developing your organisation and building your reputation. 

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