PCI DSS Compliance and Certification Services

Seniors IT offers the following standardized methodology of PCI Certification for all its clients year 1. The methodology consists of the following steps:


Gap Analysis (Steps 1 to 3):

Seniors IT will perform a gap analysis and perform the required testing to be able to inform the client of the controls that need remediation to achieve PCI compliance. The assessment will include a review of the cardholder production network (including vulnerability and penetration testing) and supporting technical documentation. The assessment process may include interviews with company personnel to determine what PCI requirements are in place and where remediation is required.

The first phase of the project will involve reviewing and validating the current cardholder network environment, policies and procedures against the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS). The methodology for validation will include:

  • Review of current cardholder environment technology and security features
  • Mapping touch points to the corporate network
  • Examining access points and network components for security shortcomings from a PCI perspective
  • Verification that current documented controls meet the specific PCI DSS requirements
  • Scans and penetration tests to validate that the client has attained an appropriate level of security

For this phase, Seniors IT consultants will require the following documentation from the client

  • Current network diagrams of the appropriate environments with respect to cardholder data
  • Firewall/router configuration details
  • Data retention and disposal procedures
  • Policy and Procedures for physical security
  • Encryption Key Management Policy
  • Incident Response Policy
  • Password Policy
  • Change Control Policy
  • Build/Patch Policy
  • Internal Security Testing Procedures

Seniors IT will provide standard templates for the above mentioned policies and procedures, if so desired by the client.

Remediation plan and support (Steps 4 & 5):

Seniors IT will keep a track of all remediation efforts and provide monthly status report to the client for the remediation steps. During this time, client is expected to implement PCI controls and inform Seniors IT continuously of all remediation measures.

Certification (Steps 6 to 9):

Seniors IT will, as required for the project, deploy a PCI audit team of Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) to carry out an on-site portion of the PCI DSS assessment. After completion of our internal quality assurance procedures, the client will be issued a Report on Compliance (ROC) and appropriate certification documentation will be submitted to various credit card brands. PCI DSS certification requirements are dependent on the level of the service providers as determined by their acquirer or the payment brands and is summarized below. Merchants and Services providers should contact their acquirer or the payment brands to identify their specific validation and reporting requirements.
MerchantsLevel 1Level 2Level 3 and Level 4 
PCI Assessment TypeAnnual Onsite AssessmentAnnual Self-AssessmentPayment Brand or Acquirer Defines What is Required
ReportingROC and Quarterly ASV ScanSAQ and Quarterly ASV ScanPayment Brand or Acquirer Defines What is Required
Service ProvidersLevel 1Level 2Level 3 (American Express)
PCI Assessment TypeAnnual Onsite AssessmentAnnual Self-AssessmentAnnual Self-Assessment
ReportingROC and Quarterly ASV ScanSAQ and Quarterly ASV ScanSAQ and Quarterly ASV Scan