Point-to-point encryption (P2PE)

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Point-to-point encryption (P2PE) is dramatically altering the payments landscape. More importantly, it helps reduce the risk of data theft and associated business costs. Deployment of a PCI-listed P2PE solution can substantially reduce PCI DSS compliance efforts for merchants and card-present and mail/telephone order vendors. But the complexities and costs of the PCI P2PE requirements can be frustrating for encryption service providers.

We help you navigate the PCI P2PE program so you can reach your business, security, and compliance goals

Payments service providers (processors, acquirers, point-of-service developers)

P2PE is far more than a tactical compliance decision. It can impact your business model, product planning, and go-to-market strategies. Our extensive P2PE services address strategic and tactical needs including:

  • Advisory – collaborate with experts to make informed business decisions about your strategy and plan for P2PE validation (solution providers) or investment in a P2PE solution (merchants).
  • Preparation – get to market faster with access to gap and remediation services, documentation reviews, and instruction manual preparation.
  • Assessments – benefit from our experience designing and assessing some of the largest, most complex solutions in the industry, as we map a plan for P2PE and a non-listed encryption solution assessment (NESA).
  • Value-added consulting – overcome challenges along your P2PE journey with our architecture design, scalability and ROI analysis, integration strategy, and go-to-market validation whitepapers.

Application vendors

If your application runs on a point-of-insertion (POI) device utilizing P2PE, regardless of whether it has access to account data, there are P2PE opportunities and requirements as well. We help with:

  • Preparation – tools and services to accelerate your assessment and facilitate ongoing compliance efforts.
  • Assessments – experts to identify and execute the best path to market through NESA and P2PE.
  • Value-added consulting – workshops and go-to-market support to define and demonstrate how your solution addresses partner and customer compliance requirements.


P2PE can reduce a merchant’s PCI DSS compliance burden by more than 70%. Whether migrating to a PCI-listed P2PE or non-listed encryption solution, merchants must plan and implement carefully to maximize their benefits. We help with:

  • Preparation – conduct P2PE correctly. We advise on solution selection, implementation planning, maintenance programs, and identification of key issues to maximize your compliance benefits.
  • Assessments – verify that the listed or non-listed solution has been properly implemented.
  • Value-added consulting – create the best end-to-end encryption strategy to meet your business constraints and security goals.

Why choose Coalfire for P2PE?

  • Get to market faster with access to the industry’s largest team of P2PE Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs).
  • Improve your value proposition to end users with tools and analysis that effectively communicate your solution and role in P2PE and NESA.
  • Address any encryption situation with one of the few organizations certified to validate P2PE solutions and component QSA (P2PE), and P2PE applications PA-QSA (P2PE).
  • Trust in the knowledge and expertise gained through our work with the five largest terminal device manufacturers.
  • Rely on unparalleled encryption experience developed from designing, assessing, and certifying the industry’s largest, most complex P2PE and payment application solutions.

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