SOURCE: Society of Payment Security Professionals

October 02, 2008 12:00 ET

Society of Payment Security Professionals Certifies 100 CPISMs Since May

PARK CITY, UT--(Marketwire - October 2, 2008) - The Society of Payment Security Professionals (SPSP) is pleased to announce that they have now certified more than 100 people as Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Managers (CPISMs). The rapid adoption of the certification illustrates the need in the industry to provide a standard level of data security, compliance, and industry knowledge in the Payment-Card Industry. In November, the SPSP will introduce the companion certification, the Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Auditor (CPISA).

The Society of Payment Security Professionals proctored the industry's first public CPISM training and examination in August 2008 and now over 100 people are certified worldwide. The growing demand for certification has led the SPSP to schedule another training event in November in Dallas, Texas. According to Shelley Johnson, Director of Education and New Media, "The response for the CPISM training has been overwhelmingly positive and we are seeing equal demand for our new certification, the CPISA. The industry's rapid adoption of the CPISM, and now the CPISA, demonstrates that individuals and organizations are looking for ways to increase their knowledge base and demonstrate their expertise. The Society is excited to have developed and provided a resource that so many have found to be useful."

The CPISM and CPISA certifications were developed with the goal of enabling the certificate holder to demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the Payment-Card Industry, fraud and data theft trends, the regulations that impact the industry, and application of the regulations to various business models that are unique to the industry. "The certifications combine security expertise and an understanding of business needs," said Walt Conway, founder of Walter Conway Associates, LLC. "It's the first certification that demonstrates the person holding certificate really has an understanding of the payment card industry."

The growth of the Society of Payment Security Professionals is further evidence of the need for a common information resource for Payment Security Professionals™. Founded in April of 2008, the Society debuted with only five members and today the SPSP has grown to over 486 individuals representing 350 organizations in 30 different countries. For more information about the CPISM or CPISA or the upcoming training in November, please visit the Society of Payment Security Professionals at

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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