SOURCE: The Aegenis Group, Inc.

March 26, 2008 13:00 ET

The Aegenis Group Introduces Security, PCI DSS Training for Merchants

PARK CITY, UT--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - The Aegenis Group recently introduced an eLearning Solution specifically developed to meet the unique learning needs of the Payment Card Industry. The solution also allows Acquiring Banks to meet the education requirement mandated by certain card brands. The mandate requires Acquiring Banks to educate Level-4 merchants regarding their responsibilities for the protection of Cardholder Data and compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The courses leverage The Aegenis Group's experience in training over 8000 individuals as the worldwide QSA trainer and exclusive PCI DSS Trainer for a major card brand to help merchants understand the PCI DSS and data security issues in the payment card industry.

"The first course was designed with the unique learning needs of the Level-4 merchant in mind. An emphasis in supporting learner retention and creating relevant materials drives all course development," said Shelley Henson Johnson, M.Ed., Vice President of Training and Instructional Design for The Aegenis Group. "Complex issues around the PCI DSS are decoded with examples, reflective exercises, and interactive media. Our objective is to deliver engaging, effective, and relevant training that provides merchants with the tools they need to secure and protect Cardholder Data."

Current courses include an Overview of Payments Security and Data Breach Trends, with additional courses being introduced at a rate of at least one a month. The Aegenis Group also releases regular podcasts on emerging and key trends in the Payment Card Industry. These podcasts are available to merchants through The Aegenis Group's Learning Management System, or through iTunes.

Karen Mohs, owner of Greek 'n' Stuff, believes the training is an effective way to communicate the principles of the PCI DSS. "The Aegenis Group has developed an attractive, enjoyable and extremely informative course specifically to address the unique concerns of Level 4 Merchants, such as myself. The course is appealing and far more educational and effective than trying to research on my own," said Mohs, whose web-based business sells classical language courses for the home-schooling market. "This is an essential tool for any small merchant struggling to understand the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard."

The Aegenis Group offers partnership programs for Acquires, franchises and other organizations seeking to provide educational resources for their merchants. Additional services surrounding the eLearning Solution include reporting and tracking, and communication management. Merchants may also choose to self enroll. To enroll in a course, register at www.aegenistraining.com.

About The Aegenis Group

The Aegenis Group is a regulatory compliance and risk management consulting organization specializing in strategic consulting, training, and market development assistance for companies in and around the payment card industry. The Aegenis Group is the worldwide QSA trainer and is contracted with a major card brand to conduct merchant and acquirer PCI DSS training. For more information about The Aegenis Group please contact us at info@aegenis.com.

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