Coalfire Systems, Inc. just announced the expansion of its PCI (News - Alert) Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) certifications to include both Canada and the United Kingdom in addition to the U.S.
“Our expansion into Canada and the United Kingdom will extend our reach and valued expertise in the international cybersecurity community and ultimately help to protect more organizations from potential data breaches,” said Coalfire CEO, co-founder and chief security strategist, Rick Dakin.
The company began conducting audits in both Canada and the U.K. last month.
Any call center that processes payments or engages in call recording has to follow specific regulations regarding data storage and security. For example, as CallCopy’s director of product development, Matt Madzia, detailed in a recent webinar, companies have to avoid recording or storing customer’s personal credit card information or authentication data like CVV codes.
Coalfire’s entrance into the Canadian market means auditing compliance not only with PCI DSS but also with PIPEDA, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
For example, Canada requires retailers who want to accept debit cards in Canada to use the Interac network. Interac Online allows customers to make debit purchases utilizing checking accounts at Canada’s largest banks without sharing any account information electronically.
Entrance into the U.K. market also means that Coalfire helps companies with the transition to SEPA, or the Single Euro Payments Area. The service will help companies and financial institutions to make and receive payments in Euros, whether the transaction occurs within the borders of their country or between different countries.
Using SEPA also means unifying the compliance requirements of each European nation under one PCI DSS umbrella. Coalfire stands to take advantage of SEPA’s 2014 deadline as both businesses and financial institutions gear up for the transition.
In addition to expanding into Canada and the U.K., Coalfire must also work within the U.S. to help companies and financial institutions to integrate the more vague privacy requirements of programs like HIPAA with the more straightforward requirements of PCI DSS.
As society works to strike a balance between security and access, Coalfire is positioned to capitalize on a major growth opportunity.
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Edited by Braden Becker