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Re: How to learn PCI standards and become QSA
From: "J. Lion" <jv4l1n4 () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 17:05:49 -0400

I do not know the nature of your client's business nor the revenue
generated. But, the best way to be compliant is to not store, transfer
or process credit cards.

It might more cost-effective to outsource as indicated by Rui and let
someone else worry about the PCI requirements.

In regards to being a QSA - I thought that there was about $20k fee
for the company to apply and $500 to train each employee.



On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 3:09 PM, Rui Pereira (WCG) <wavefront1 () shaw ca> wrote:
Since your client appears to be quite small, why not just have her outsource
her credit-card processing and avoid the PCI DSS trap altogether?

Thank You

Rui Pereira,B.Sc.(Hons),CIPS ISP,CISSP,CISA,CWNA
Principal Consultant
WaveFront Consulting Group

wavefront1 () shaw ca | www.wavefrontcg.com | 1 604 961 0701


-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com] On
Behalf Of Scott Race
Sent: June 2, 2008 10:25 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: How to learn PCI standards and become QSA

Hello,
I have a new client who accepts credit cards, both online and at her
small office/store.  She holds credit cards #'s an unsecured .mdb
database, and from my initial network audit she has a ton of other
security related issues I need to address (weak passwords, firewall,
encryption, physical access issues).

Since she will need to become PCI complaint, a qualified QSA must scan
her network (which I am not).  I have began studying the materials I
have downloaded off the Security Council website (Security Audit
procedures, self-assessment questionnaires).

It appears all I need to do is to fill out an application and give them
$500 yearly to become a QSA?  Is there any training you anyone can
recommend?  I have a strong background in network security, and I'm able
to at least understand the basics of the requirements (though it seems
there is room for interpretation).  Currently I am just studying the
requirements and applying them to what I already know.

Thanks in advance, hope my question makes sense.  Basically I want to
learn this stuff the correct way and make sure I am addressing
everything.


~Scott


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