Cognosec adds QSA string to bow

IT security and compliance specialist, Cognosec – a UC Group company – has added to its growing portfolio of services after achieving the Quality Security Assessor (QSA) accreditation, qualifying the firm to carry out PCI DSS compliance audits across Europe.

The PCI DSS standard applies to all organisations that store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data. The framework covers technical and operational system elements connected to cardholder data.

To help drive through the accreditation process, Cognosec appointed industry leading expert David Jenkins as its new director of PCI and payment services. Jenkins, formerly of Trustwave, boasts a wealth of industry experience in assisting banks, payment service providers and merchants across EMEA in gaining and maintaining PCI accreditation.

Cognosec can now provide clients with a full PCI DSS audit portfolio – on top of the consultancy service it already offers – creating a rounded and comprehensive compliance package.

Jenkins commented: “The expertise within Cognosec is first-rate, and this seal of approval underlines our position as leaders within the field. We intend to be the go-to QSA firm, combining bespoke advice and guidance with a comprehensive audit and certification process.”

In the future, Cognosec aims to qualify as an assessor for the whole EMEA region, with plans to expand its reach to other markets.

Oliver Eckel, chief executive at Cognosec, commented: “This is an area that our business has consistently excelled in, combining expertise with commercial success. This accreditation is an important step in our strategic growth plan.”