usd AG accredited by PCI Council as Qualified PIN Assessor

usd AG News, PCI Security Services

usd AG has been accredited by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) as a Qualified PIN Assessor (QPA). The license is valid worldwide.

With its new Qualified PIN Assessor (QPA) Program, the PCI Security Standards Council accredits security experts as assessors according to the PCI PIN Security Standard.

The PCI PIN Security Standard contains requirements for the secure management, processing and transmission of personal identification numbers (PINs) in online and offline transactions at ATMs and payment terminals and is particularly relevant for acquirers and network operators. With the introduction of the QPA program, the PCI SSC now provides the payment card industry with standardized certification for PIN security assessments. As of October 2019, all PIN security assessments that could previously be performed by a Visa Approved PIN Assessor will have to be performed by accredited PCI QPAs.

Manfred Ferstl, Managing Consultant PCI Security Services, comments:
“We are pleased to be able to expand our service portfolio in the future with assessments according to the PCI PIN Security Standard. The numerous inquiries from our clients show us that there is a great demand for QPA services. Our clients benefit from our experience from successful projects with other PCI standards, such as the PCI P2PE standard, because both standards have a large overlap. The new accreditation thus helps us to offer our clients consulting and certification services of consistently high quality for a wider range of different PCI standards”.

Security experts from usd AG will participate in the first QPA training in Europe in Edinburgh at the beginning of August. The PCI SSC will then include usd AG in its centralized list of qualified PIN assessor companies and their certified employees.

usd AG has been operating worldwide as an officially accredited assessor for all relevant standards of the payment card industry since 2004. As a member of the PCI SSC Global Executive Assessor Roundtable (GEAR), we also support the PCI Security Standards Council as one of 20 companies worldwide with our knowledge from thousands of PCI projects.