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Are you a Merchant or Service Provider that interacts with, processes, stores, or transmits cardholder data (CHD)? 


ISM can help.


The PCI Security Standards Council recognizes ISM as an active Qualified Security Assessor firm (QSA-C). Our PCI Qualified Security Assessors (QSA) can help you be fully compliant quickly and efficiently. 


Complying with PCI Security Standards can seem daunting. ISM can help you navigate the 12 sections of PCI requirements and prepare to achieve compliance. 

Compliance has significant benefits, especially since failure may have severe and long-term consequences. For example:

  • PCI Compliance standards mean that your systems are secure, and your customers can trust you with sensitive payment card information; trust leads to customer confidence and repeat customers.

  • PCI Compliance improves your reputation with acquirers, payment brands, and the partners your business needs.

  • PCI Compliance is an ongoing process that aids in preventing security breaches and payment card data theft in the present and the future; PCI compliance means you are contributing to a global payment card data security solution.

  • As you work to maintain PCI Compliance, you’re better prepared to comply with additional regulations, such as HIPAA, SOX, ISO, NIST, SSAE18 SOC2, etc.

  • PCI Compliance contributes to corporate security strategies.

  • PCI Compliance helps to improve IT infrastructure efficiency.


Difficulties Posed by PCI Non-Compliance


The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) points to potentially disastrous results of failing to meet PCI Compliance. After working to build your brand and secure customers, don’t take a chance with their sensitive information. By meeting PCI Compliance, you are protecting your customers as well.

Why ISM?

  • We can help you determine the appropriate Compliance Level from a Self-Assessment SAQ to a Report on Compliance (ROC) to demonstrate your company’s compliance. 


  • Depending on your organization, we offer fully remote, onsite, or hybrid services to conduct the assessments. 


  • Our PCI DSS process differs from our competitors by leveraging a proprietary online compliance tool that relieves clients' burden and stress, keeping assessments efficient, organized, and simple to reassess each year.


  • We are unique in building relationships by working with our clients to mature their security environment.


  • We do not “rubber stamp” any assessments. Instead, ISM diligently and meticulously refines our approach to best suit our clients and their needs.


  • We don’t just Pass – Fail.  We offer additional recommendations where needed to improve your security program overall.


  • We offer comprehensive testing services to meet PCI requirements, which are conducted by our top-notch testers.


Real Experts with Real Experience.  We are…Experience Mastered!

PCI Goals and Requirements

Build and Maintain a Secure Network


  • Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data

  • Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters


Protect Cardholder Data


  • Protect stored cardholder data

  • Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks


Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program


  • Use and regularly update anti-virus software or programs

  • Develop and maintain secure systems and applications


Implement Strong Access Control Measures


  • Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know

  • Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access

  • Restrict physical access to cardholder data


Regularly Monitor and Test Networks


  • Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data

  • Regularly test security systems and processes


Maintain an Information Security Policy


  • Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel

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