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PCI training course enables cost-effective PCI DSS compliance

21/06/2011

Ely, England, 21 June 2011 – ITGovernance Ltd, the PCI and information security experts are urging organisation to embrace PCI DSS training as a proven method to efficiently achieve PCI DSS compliance. The next PCI Foundation Training Course is taking place on 22th July and for a limited time only is available at £100 off the original price.

Any organisation which processes, transmits or stores payment card data must comply with the PCI DSS Standard. This includes companies that provide merchants with commerce-related services like web hosting. PCI DSS exists to protect the personal data of payment cardholders and as such, it can be seen as an effective weapon in the battle against fraud and identity theft.

Staff responsible for, or involved in an organisation's PCI DSS compliance and information security management activities have to be familiar with the requirements of the PCI DSS standard. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in heavy fines, restrictions or even permanent expulsion from payment card acceptance programmes. Organisations which are unable to meet their security obligations risk become vulnerable to data breaches. Such recent data breaches (Sony, Google, Nintendo and Sega) have shown that a penalty is only half of the price an organisation needs to pay if customers’ data becomes stolen. There are other, much more serious negative effects such as reputation damage and loss of customers, which need to be taken into account.

Companies should recognise that in a time where hacking activity is at a high, well-trained and knowledgeable staff can be the major weapon in the fight against cyber crime. In the case of PCI DSS, staff members who have received the necessary training can accelerate their company’s compliance with this bank-standard.

The PCI Foundation Training Course provides comprehensive and practical coverage of all aspects of implementing the PCI DSS. It will help delegates develop an efficient, cost-effective plan for meeting this essential compliance standard. The next course is taking place on 22 July and for a limited time only is available at £100 off the original price.

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, comments, “What makes this course unique is its agenda which combines formal training and practical exercises. Delegates on the course will acquire the necessary knowledge and will be able to transfer it to members of their PCI DSS project team to ensure a consistent approach to meeting the requirements. This is a real benefit to every organisation.”

Organisations can book delegates onto this course online here http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/1858 . Course places can also be booked directly with the friendly, helpful IT Governance service centre team on telephone number +44 (0)845 070 1750. Larger organisations can make bookings or purchases with a purchase order either by telephone or by e-mail to servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk. We also welcome overseas delegates on all our courses and can provide guidance on travel and hotel arrangements.