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PCI Security Standards Council Offers Online PCI Awareness Training

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), the standards body that manages the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), today announced the availability of online PCI Awareness training. Priced at $495 with group discounts available for an introductory level course, the four hour training is designed for those interested in learning more about PCI and provides an overview of PCI security basics.

The online PCI Awareness training offers the opportunity to learn about PCI DSS, its impact and benefits across an organization and the importance of PCI compliance, in a self-paced course that covers the following topics:

• What is PCI and what it means to companies that must meet compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard

• Roles and responsibilities of the key actors in the compliance process

• How the credit card brands differ in their requirements for PCI reporting and validation

• Overview of the transaction process, including infrastructure used by organizations to accept payment cards and communicate with the verification and payment facilities

• Real world examples of PCI challenges and successes

Organizations looking to educate their employees across business functions about their role in maintaining PCI compliance are encouraged to take advantage of this course. The course may also be incorporated into an organization's security staff development portfolio, offering up to 4 continuing professional education credits. In addition, many security industry professional qualifications, as well as the PCI Data Security Standard itself, require organizations to provide security awareness training annually to staff. This official PCI Awareness online course is one flexible opportunity to help meet that commitment.

Once payment is made for the registration, users will be given access to the online training for 30 days from the first login. Before starting the training the council strongly recommends that users familiarize themselves with the PCI Data Security Standard and Glossary.

“PCI is not a finance issue, or an IT issue, or a risk issue, it is cross functional, and it fundamentally relies on people, not technology, driving it,” said Bob Russo, general manager, PCI Security Standards Council. “Our hope is that with PCI Awareness training online, organizations can ensure that they build a base level of understanding on how to best protect cardholder data across different business areas.”

You can  register for PCI Awareness online here.