SOURCE: Society of Payment Security Professionals

November 25, 2008 09:00 ET

RBS WorldPay, Society of Payment Security Professionals Team to Offer Employees CPISM Certification

PARK CITY, UT--(Marketwire - November 25, 2008) - Earlier this year, the Society of Payment Security Professionals (SPSP) proctored the industry's first Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Manager (CPISM) training and examination for more than 40 employees of RBS WorldPay (formerly RBS Lynk). The event marks the adoption of a new standard of experience and education for those that are involved in protecting consumer data in the Payment Card Industry.

"The protection of consumer data is an issue that RBS WorldPay takes very seriously," said LeAnn Brown, Vice President of PCI Risk. "By certifying our colleagues on both the training and the exam we are able to better inform our clients on issues surrounding data protection. The certification demonstrates to our clients that we take the protection of cardholder data seriously. It enables us to create unique solutions for our customers that will help them mitigate the risk of data breach."

The exam covers those knowledge domains that have been identified by industry experts as being critical to managing the security or compliance function within the Payment-Card Industry. The domains have been validated by industry stakeholders including major card brands, banks, qualified security assessors, merchants, and service providers to ensure relevance and consistency. The exam was developed using accepted educational and exam development criteria and has been rigorously tested for validity.

"RBS WorldPay has been progressive in recognizing the unique security issues facing the payments industry," according to Dr. Heather Mark, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Society of Payment Security Professionals. "By having cross-functional teams trained and certified on the protection of consumer data, RBS WorldPay can not only inform their clients on the protection of data, but they can inform their internal colleagues as well."

In order to sit for the CPISM, individuals must be members in good standing of the Society of Payment Security Professionals, provide a resume containing current credentials in either the Payment Card Industry or Information Security, and two letters of reference. For more information on the CPISM and other upcoming certifications, visit

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.

About RBS WorldPay

RBS WorldPay is a leading, single-source provider of electronic payment processing services -- including credit, debit, EBT, checks, gift cards, e-commerce, customer loyalty cards, fleet cards, prepaid cards, ATM processing and cash management services.

RBS WorldPay is the payment processing division of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. For more information, please visit

About The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS)

The RBS Group is one of the world's leading financial services companies providing a range of retail and corporate banking, financial markets, consumer finance, insurance, and wealth management services. RBS Group operates in over 50 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East serving more than 40 million customers and employing more than 170,000 people. The Group's brands include RBS, NatWest, Ulster Bank, Coutts, Citizens and many other "household name" financial services companies. RBS led a consortium which acquired ABN AMRO in October 2007.

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