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CPISM/A Certifications Setting the New Standard in the Payments Industry

With Pressure From All Angles to Increase Data Security, CPISM/A Prevails

PARK CITY, UT -- (Marketwire) -- 07/14/09 -- What began as a supplemental certification for Payment Security Professionals is now being listed as a requirement on job postings in the Payment Card Security Industry. The Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Manager (CPISM) and Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Auditor (CPISA) certifications have rapidly gained traction as thought leaders in the Payment Security Industry have taken note of the value of the information taught in the CPISM/A courses.

The CPISM/A certifications were created by the Society of Payment Security Professionals (SPSP) with the collaboration of industry and educational experts to address the need for a standard level of security, compliance, fraud, and industry knowledge rather than only delivering information on the Payment-Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Since the CPISM/A certifications debuted in May 2008, more than 500 professionals have been trained worldwide. Training courses have included merchants, acquirers, Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), CTOs, CFOs and CEOs. The most recent CPISM/A training courses were held for a top ten acquiring bank and a prominent QSA firm.

As a former QSA instructor and one of the original authors of the PCI DSS, Chris Mark is not surprised by the high demand Payment Security Professionals have for the CPISM/A certifications. "We are quickly seeing these (certifications) become the de facto standard in the Payment-Card Industry because professionals recognize the importance of security beyond being PCI DSS compliant," stated Mr. Mark.

Mark has also cited the recent press and pressure from the government to heighten security in the Payment and Data Industries for the demand for CPISM/A training. "In light of the Congressional Hearings held in March 2009 to address the current Data Security Standard, industry leaders are finding the CPISM/A certifications to be invaluable," says Mark. "These certifications are gaining attention because they not only focus on the importance of being PCI DSS compliant but on understanding security as a whole within the Payments Industry."

As industry standards continue to evolve the CPISM/A training material will be updated to reflect the progress made. "These will not be certifications that become obsolete as the industry standards change. These will be the certifications that help the industry standards to change," says Mr. Mark.

The Society of Payment Security Professionals held a CPISM/A course in June which quickly sold out. Due to the high demand for these courses they have announced a training seminar August 18-21, 2009 in Denver, Co. An additional course is in the process of being planned for Fall 2009. For more information on CPISM/A training dates please visit www.paymentsecuritypros.com/.

About the Society of Payment Security Professionals

The Society of Payment Security Professionals' objective is to provide individuals and organizations involved in payment security with an online community to share information, and access education and certification opportunities. Society members come from a variety of businesses including card brands, merchants, acquirers, ISOs, and more. Though their organizations may vary, they all share one purpose: to protect sensitive customer data using the most current, viable technologies and processes. The SPSP is managed by The Aegenis Group.

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