OTTAWA and RESTON, Va. -- Third Brigade (www.thirdbrigade.com), a security software company specializing in host intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), today announced that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organization. As a Participating Organization, Third Brigade will work with the Council to evolve the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protection standards. This participation reinforces Third Brigades efforts to help organizations reduce the overall cost of adopting payment card security standards and guidelines impacting their businesses.
The PCI DSS, endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity. More information on the council and the standard can be found at www.pcisecuritystandards.org.
Research conducted on behalf of Third Brigade by ReymannGroup looked at more than 13 rules, guidelines and regulations, including PCI, to identify 15 common security compliance threads. Understanding these common compliance threads enables organizations to adopt a more proactive and cost-effective compliance initiative continuously managing information security and technology risk. A ReymannGroup white paper is available on the Third Brigade website outlining several of the key information security and IT risk management laws, regulations, and best practice guidelines across multiple industries.
As a Participating Organization, Third Brigade will now have access to the latest payment card security standards from the Council, be able to provide feedback on the standards and become part of a growing community that now includes more than 400 organizations. In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, adhering to the PCI DSS represents an entitys best protection against data criminals. By joining as a Participating Organization, Third Brigade, is adding its voice to the process.
The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data, said Bob Russo, General Manager of the PCI Security Standards Council. By participating in the standards setting process, Third Brigade demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal.