Press Release

Coalfire Appointed to the 2018-2019 PCI Security Standards Council Global Executive Assessor Roundtable (GEAR)

August 3, 2018

New initiative will use industry expertise to advance payments security against global threats

Westminster, CO – Aug. 3, 2018 –Coalfire, a provider of cybersecurity advisory services, announced today that Adam Shnider, EVP of Commercial Services, was selected to the 2018-2019 PCI SSC Global Executive Assessor Roundtable (GEAR) to represent Coalfire. The roundtable will be an advisory board comprised of senior executives from PCI assessor companies.

The Global Executive Assessor Roundtable is a new initiative that has been developed to increase payment security through greater coordination and the exchange of information. The roundtable is designed to gather input on PCI assessor programs including training content and qualification requirements. Executives will be able to provide feedback regarding enhancements for PCI assessor capabilities.

“I am thrilled that the PCI Security Standards Council is establishing the Global Executive Assessor Roundtable, and am excited to be part of the discussion,” said Shnider. “Having a more formalized method to gain insights from assessors is an important step in the evolution of the standards to better support the retail, service provider and issuer communities in their challenges with a changing payments landscape. As a long-standing QSA company and as a QSA professional, I look forward to contributing to the process.”

The PCI SSC is the governing organization and open forum responsible for the development, management, education and awareness of PCI Security Standards, including the Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). As an advisor, Shnider will provide feedback and guidance to the PCI SSC, offer expert input from both a business and technical perspective, and represent the views and interest of the PCI assessor and assessed communities.

“The new Global Executive Assessor Roundtable brings together senior leaders of assessor companies with insights from different regions of the world and experience on a wide variety of PCI assessor programs,” said Mauro Lance, Chief Operating Officer, PCI Security Standards Council. “We look forward to working with them and leverage their feedback to improve our standards and programs.”

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About Coalfire

Coalfire is the trusted cybersecurity advisor that helps private and public-sector organizations avert threats, close gaps and effectively manage risk. By providing independent and tailored advice, assessments, technical testing and cyber engineering services, we help clients develop scalable programs that improve their security posture, achieve their business objectives and fuel their continued success. Coalfire has been a cybersecurity thought leader for more than 17 years and has offices throughout the United States and Europe.
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About the PCI Security Standards Council

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Mike Gallo
For Coalfire