St. Louis-based Firm Authorized to Evaluate Client Compliance with PCI DSS Standard
(June 26, 2014) St. Louis, MO – Parameter Security, an ethical hacking and information security firm, is proud to announce its certification by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council as a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). This credential affords Parameter Security the authority to perform onsite security assessments to determine compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) for any organization that stores, processes or transmits payment cardholder data.
Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) companies are organizations that have been qualified by the PCI Council to have their employees assess compliance to the PCI DSS standard. Qualified Security Assessors are those employees who have been certified by the Council to validate an entity’s adherence to the PCI DSS. The PCI Security Standards Council maintains an in-depth program for security companies certified as Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), and requires them to be re-certified as QSAs each year.
As a QSA, Parameter Security determines compliance to PCI DSS for all level 1 through 4 merchants and service providers. In order to test varying levels, clients can expect services to include all or some of the following:
- Quarterly vulnerability scanning
- Internal penetration testing
- External penetration testing
- Annual onsite audit
- PCI design and scope advisory services
- Self-assessment questionnaire review
- Compliance assessment
- Remediation recommendations
- Certificate of compliance
Sanctioned by Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, American Express, Discover Financial Services and JCB International, PCI DSS mandates that merchants and service providers comply with information security controls and processes to safeguard data.Requirements for PCI DSS include: security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other defensive measures.
“Since becoming a QSA, we have received many calls for PCI compliance testing as there are very few QSAs in the St. Louis area. We are happy to fill this void,” said Renee Chronister, CEO, Parameter Security. “In addition to being a QSA, as certified ethical hackers, we will not only help you become PCI compliant, but more importantly, improve your overall information security by testing your security posture from a hacker’s point of view.”
About Parameter Security
Parameter Security™, an ethical hacking firm, was born out of the need to help protect our businesses, government, health care, financial and educational institutions and various organizations globally from vicious hackers. As Certified Ethical Hackers, we emulate the minds and behaviors of malicious hackers to test the security of your systems and employees. What makes us different is that we use the information gathered to empower you by explaining how we gained access to your sensitive data, the type of information we retrieved and offer recommendations on how to improve your overall information security. Parameter Security offers IT compliance audits (PCI, GLBA, HIPAA, NERC, etc.), penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, social engineering, wireless security audits, secure code reviews, security training, computer forensics and more. For more information, contact us at 314.442.0472.