SOURCE: The Society of Payment Security Professionals

April 15, 2008 12:22 ET

The Society of Payment Security Professionals Offers Certification

PARK CITY, UT--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - The Society of Payment Security Professionals (SPSP), a professional organization managed by The Aegenis Group, announced this week that it will offer the Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Manager Exam (CPISM) beginning in July 2008. The certification will serve as a sign to colleagues, employers, and other professionals that the holder has demonstrated knowledge of the Payment-Card Industry, as well as its unique data security issues. The CPISM certification is suitable for Risk Managers, IT staff, Project Managers, legal staff, Sales Engineers, and others who support the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of payment card information.

The exam will cover the knowledge domains that are 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, QSAs, Merchants, and service providers to ensure relevance and consistency. The exam has been developed using accepted educational and exam development criteria and has been rigorously tested for validity.

According to Matt Harrigan, Director of IT Governance and Compliance for Coalfire Systems, a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), "The certification program offered by the SPSP will allow those responsible for security in the Payments Industry to demonstrate their experience and expertise in the protection of consumer data within the unique environment of the payments industry. We look forward to participating and in supporting the SPSP in their mission to empower everyone involved with the security of consumer data in the payments infrastructure."

"The Certification serves some very important needs in the industry," said Dr. Heather Mark, PhD, Executive Director of the Society of Payment Security Professionals. "It provides a level-setting mechanism within the industry for those that are responsible for ensuring the security of consumer information within the payments industry. It also allows professionals to demonstrate their ability to synthesize information security principles with the business objectives and constraints for the Payments Industry. The CPISM Certification furthers the objective of defining the Payment Security Professional as a distinct profession."

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 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.

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