The Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) audit process can be costly, particularly if a company is out of compliance or unprepared. If controls fail, the company is required to retest by the QSA which increases the cost and timeline for compliance. Eighty percent of Level 1 Merchants fail controls and require costly retesting .

OpenSky provides PCI-DSS Compliance Readiness Assessment services to help clients address gaps in their cardholder data protection capabilities and prepare for QSA audits.

OpenSky experts pinpoint control weaknesses, determine process efficiency enhancements, and provide technical and architectural solutions. Gaps identified in the assessment are prioritized for remediation based on the risk to the organization and the level of effort to correct.  Remediation plans include timelines and effort required to address gaps in the assessment.  OpenSky can help design and document compensating controls in cases where a client cannot meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) objectives due to a documented and required business practice.

OpenSky Readiness Assessment Advantages

OpenSky consultants are former QSAs, ISAs, and Compliance Officers with considerable expertise in PCI DSS Compliance.   Proven methodology includes steps to:

  • Assess the current Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) infrastructure and conduct a gap analysis.
  • Validate that fundamental control requirements are present.
  • Confirm firewall and router configurations.
  • Confirm disallowance of any unauthorized outbound traffic.
  • Confirm segregation of cardholder data.
  • Identify configuration or changes required for compliance.
  • Identify and document gaps based on PCI DSS 2.0 requirements.

Compliance helps prevent security breaches and theft of payment card data.  Through efforts to comply with PCI Security Standards, companies will likely be better prepared to comply with other regulations, such as HIPAA, SOX, and GLBA.  OpenSky can help prepare for annual QSA audits, improve your IT security posture, and reduce the likelihood of a cardholder data breach.