OREM, Utah, Aug. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SCC) recently announced the release of their new PCI Data Security Essentials Evaluation Tool for small merchants.
Small businesses face data security threats every day, but often lack the resources and technical knowledge needed to adequately focus security efforts. They may spend time on the more complicated PCI Data Security Standard requirements, while ignoring foundational security practices that will better protect data and prevent data breaches.
The Data Security Essentials Evaluation Tool includes 15 new categories from the PCI Council—based on payment acceptance methods—which will help smaller merchants simplify their compliance process and get the most benefit from their efforts.
PCI Security Standards Council Chief Technology Officer Troy Leach said, "This new evaluation tool provides small businesses with awareness of the most common, critical risks for their environments and the proper resources to address potential threats."
By incorporating the Data Security Essentials Evaluation into SecurityMetrics FastPass, SecurityMetrics has provided merchants with a user-friendly scoping tool that guides them into the best category for their compliance needs. Whether a merchant needs to complete one of the standard PCI DSS questionnaires, or complete an alternative Data Security Essentials Evaluation Form, SecurityMetrics FastPass helps simplify merchant compliance requirements.
"We're excited for the PCI Council's new payment security tool—DSE," said Robert Reid, SecurityMetrics Director of Product Management, "When combined with the personalized scoping accuracy of SecurityMetrics FastPass, it extends the simplicity of discovering the most accurate path for securing a merchant's credit card environment. All of this is incorporated in our simple, easy-to-use online tool."
SecurityMetrics VP of Technology, John Bartholomew, commented, "We know that PCI compliance can be complex, particularly for small merchants. To focus merchant efforts in this way helps everyone get maximum benefit with a more realistic effort. This is a fantastic approach to security!"
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SecurityMetrics helps customers avoid data breaches. In 2000, CEO Brad Caldwell founded SecurityMetrics, two years after a data breach at his small business left him without affordable options for remediation. As an Approved Scanning Vendor, Qualified Security Assessor, and Certified Forensic Investigator, SecurityMetrics guides organizations through compliance mandates (PCI, HIPAA, GDPR) and has tested over 1 million systems for vulnerabilities. The privately held company is headquartered in Orem, Utah where it maintains a Security Operations Center (SOC) and 24/7 multilingual contact center.
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