The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is to introduce guidance for software integrator resellers.
Jeremy King, European director of the PCI SSC (pictured), told SC Magazine that the council will launch the guidance around the time of its conference in Dublin next month. He said that the new program, named ‘QIR' (Qualified Integrators and Resellers), is being introduced so that merchants have confidence in what integrators and resellers are doing.
Announced earlier this year, the QIR program will train and qualify integrators and resellers that sell, install and/or service payment applications on the secure installation and maintenance of PA-DSS validated payment applications to support merchant PCI DSS security efforts.
A global list of QIRs will be available on the PCI SSC website, providing a trusted resource for selecting PCI approved implementation providers. The program also includes a feedback loop for merchants to evaluate a QIR's performance.
King said: “Qualified integrators and resellers will be on the list. This is really a process of putting in software in a secure manner.”
Asked if there were existing guidelines for integrators and resellers, King said he was not sure, but there was currently no way to be certain that merchants working with or when installing systems were PCI compliant. “This is helping merchants know what they are buying so that it installs patches and is done securely,” he said.
“It is also to [remember] little things such as turning off default password settings and knowing when it goes live. It is the little things that you forget that the criminals go for.”
King said that "a big push will be made in October" when training will be available from the 1st day of the month.
Bob Russo, general manager of the PCI SSC, said: “This program comes as a direct result of industry feedback and stakeholder requests for greater quality assurance and accountability around the secure installation of payment software.
“Not only will it help integrators and resellers better understand how to address some of the basic security flaws we're seeing that can be easily avoided, but it will also make it easier for merchants to have confidence in the services being provided to them. Retailers and franchise operators alike will have a go-to resource they can trust for making sure their applications and systems are being installed and maintained properly.”