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PCI SSC and ECPA join forces

On March 22th the PCI Security Standard Council formally announced its partnership with the European Card Payment Association (ECPA), describing the pairing as “joining forces to protect against payment data theft around the world.” In practical terms, it means that the ECPA will collaborate with the council to help shape future versions of PCI DSS, and promote adoption of the standard by its member in conformance with European Union regulations.

The European Card Payment Association was founded in 2014 and is a representative voice for European domestic card schemes and organizations that manage essential functions such as type approval of devices used in the payment value chain. ECPA engages with European institutions and other stakeholders on legislation, security, standardization and other important issues that apply to cards or other form factors and card transactions.

ECPA members include:

  • Bancontact-MisterCash (Belgium)
  • BankAxept (Norway)
  • Cartes Bancaires “CB” (France)
  • Consorzio BANCOMAT (Italy)
  • EURO 6000 (Spain)
  • Link (United Kingdom)
  • Dankort (Denmark)
  • ServiRed (Spain)
  • SIBS Pagamentos (Portugal)
  • Sistema 4B (Spain)
  • UK Cards Association (United Kingdom)
  • Dutch Payments Association (Netherlands)
  • Pan-Nordic Card Association (Scandinavia)

Jeremy King – International Director PCI Security Standards Council – says that the added benefit is the influx of new technical expertise to help adapt to new payments platforms and to combat ever-shifting fraud schemes.

King leads the PCI Security Standards Council’s efforts to increase global adoption and awareness of PCI security standards. His responsibilities include gathering feedback from the merchant and vendor community, coordinating research and analysis of PCI-managed standards in European markets and driving educational efforts and council membership through involvement in local and regional events. He also serves as a resource for approved scanning vendors and qualified security assessors.

“What we’re getting is expertise in organizations that have been using chip technology for the last 10 years. So we’re getting good cryptographers; we’re getting good people who understand how payments work, how chip cards work, how contactless cards work. And so that is a fantastic technical resource that is coming into the council.”

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