• QSA Consultancy & Assessment

    IntaForensics are qualified to offer specialist consultancy for compulsory PCI DSS compliance. We can also add value by offering in-house technical expertise to further improve network and information security for retail, MOTO, e-commerce organisations and service providers.

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    QSA Consultancy & Assessment

What is a QSA?

A QSA (or Qualified Security Assessor) is an experienced Security Professional with a technical and auditing background, who has attained the PCI Qualified Security Assessor certification. A QSAs role is to Assess rather than just audit.  As part of a customer’s PCI Compliance journey, the QSA reviews and samples the environment including:

  • People
  • Processes
  • Systems and services

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The assessment process reviews the customers’ ongoing compliance activities against the current version of PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) to ensure they are on track and adequately securing all instances of cardholder data.

A good QSA will engage across the business, reviewing all interactions with cardholder data and reducing the impact and risk where possible.  The assessment process should always be viewed as an improvement process, not just a box ticking exercise.

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Who is this service for?

Customers who already report on their PCI Compliance, through self-assessment or onsite assessment from a QSA company:

  • Discussing changes to the environment and the impact this will have on compliance requirements;
  • Reviewing payment channels and their transactional volumes to confirm the correct SAQs are being completed.

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QSA Onsite Assessment Service

Who is this service for?

Merchants and Service Providers that are required by their Acquirer or Brand to complete an on-site assessment of their PCI DSS compliance.

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Self Assessment

QSAs can also help with the Self-Assessment process.  There are large differences in the work required between different Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQs).  Identifying the correct one can save a lot of time and effort, as well as validating that all aspects of cardholder data interactions have been considered.

QSAs will countersign a completed SAQ to confirm that support was provided.  This provides additional assurance to partners and third parties reviewing the completed SAQ and Attestation of Compliance (AoC) documentation.

QSAs will also provide ongoing support and consultancy as the customers’ payment environment changes and develops.  Often a short review process can save on a lot of remediation down the line as new payment processes have moved out of compliance.

Self-Assessment Support

Who is this service for?

  • Merchants or Service Providers that are able to self-assess their PCI compliance status.
  • Existing Self-Assessment customers that need to review the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) they are completing to confirm it is still correct for their environment.
  • Customers who have taken over the assessment process from another party and need assurance that the self-assessment is correctly identified.

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