Neutral Partners is your premier information security readiness consulting firm, helping organizations comply with stringent standards such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Our team of experts provides exceptional support, ensuring your organization has a robust security posture that protects sensitive cardholder data and meets the requirements of PCI-DSS.

What is PCI-DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is a set of security requirements to ensure that all organizations that process, store, or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. The primary objective of PCI-DSS is to protect cardholder data from theft and fraud, minimizing the risk of data breaches and maintaining the trust of customers and payment card brands.

PCI-DSS consists of 12 high-level requirements organized into six control objectives covering various aspects of information security, including network security, vulnerability management, access control, monitoring and testing, and information security policies. Organizations must implement appropriate controls based on their specific environment and risk profile to achieve and maintain compliance with PCI-DSS.

Who should consider aligning to PCI-DSS?

Any organization that processes, stores, or transmits cardholder data must comply with PCI-DSS. This includes merchants, payment processors, payment gateways, and service providers. Compliance with PCI-DSS is essential to maintain trust with customers, payment card brands, and partners and to avoid fines and penalties associated with non-compliance.

Failure to comply with PCI-DSS can lead to significant financial and reputational damage, including the loss of customers and revenue, as well as fines and penalties from payment card brands and regulators. Organizations can protect their sensitive cardholder data and minimize the risk of data breaches and fraud by achieving and maintaining PCI-DSS compliance.

Benefits of aligning with PCI-DSS

Enhanced security posture

Implementing the controls required by PCI-DSS helps organizations establish a comprehensive and systematic approach to information security, ensuring the protection of sensitive cardholder data.

Improved customer trust

Compliance with PCI-DSS demonstrates an organization’s commitment to data security, helping build trust with customers, partners, and payment card brands.

Reduced risk of data breaches and fraud

By aligning with PCI-DSS, organizations can minimize the risk of data breaches and fraud, protecting their customers and maintaining their reputation.

How Neutral Partners can help.

Managed Compliance

Our end-to-end management of your PCI-DSS compliance program ensures that your organization maintains a robust security posture that protects cardholder data. We assist you in implementing the necessary policies, processes, and controls, monitor your ongoing compliance, and provide guidance on continuous improvement. Our expert team takes the burden off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on your core business operations.

Readiness Assessment

Our Readiness Assessment service identifies and remediates gaps in your security posture, ensuring complete alignment with PCI-DSS requirements. Our experienced consultants comprehensively analyze your existing information security practices, compare them to the standard’s needs, and provide actionable recommendations for addressing any identified gaps. This service is essential for organizations seeking to achieve PCI-DSS compliance or maintain their existing compliance.

Internal Audit

Our Internal Audit service evaluates the effectiveness of your information security controls, ensuring that your organization remains in compliance with PCI-DSS. Our skilled auditors thoroughly examine your organization’s security policies, procedures, and controls, identifying any areas of non-conformance and providing recommendations for improvement. This service helps you maintain a strong security posture and prepare for external certification audits.

Risk Assessment

Our Risk Assessment service identifies and prioritizes risks to your cardholder data, ensuring that you implement appropriate controls in line with PCI-DSS requirements. We evaluate your organization’s unique risk landscape, considering threats, vulnerabilities, and potential business impacts. Based on this analysis, we help you develop a risk treatment plan that addresses the most significant risks, ensuring that your organization remains effective and resilient in protecting cardholder data.

Policy Development

Our Policy Development service creates tailored policies and procedures that align with the PCI-DSS standard, ensuring that your organization meets the requirements. We work closely with your team to develop customized documentation, considering your specific business needs, goals, and operational processes. This service ensures that your organization has a solid foundation for maintaining compliance with PCI-DSS.

Tabletop Exercise

Our Tabletop Exercise service designs and facilitates custom tabletop exercises to test your organization’s incident response capabilities in the context of PCI-DSS. These exercises simulate information security incidents involving cardholder data, allowing your team to practice their response strategies and identify areas for improvement. Participating in our expert-led tabletop exercises can strengthen your organization’s incident response capabilities and ensure preparedness for real-world security events.

Get Started

Achieving and maintaining PCI-DSS compliance is essential for your organization’s security and success. Partner with Neutral Partners to benefit from our expertise and dedicated support in navigating the complexities of the standard. Contact us today to begin your journey towards a robust information security posture that safeguards cardholder data.