Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security:

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April 30, 2009  3:13 PM

SAS 70 Compliance | A Step by Step Processes for SAS 70 Type I and Type II Audits



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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SAS 70 compliance is a multi-phased, process based methodology that is undertaken by organizations seeking to become SAS 70 Type I or Type II compliant. As a SAS 70 auditor, I’m often asked what the SAS 70 audit process is, how long it...

April 30, 2009  2:51 PM

PCI DSS Requirements | VISA Merchant Levels and Requirements for Compliance



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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PCI DSS VISA Requirements for Merchants as stated by VISA require merchants to first and foremost identify what “Level” of compliance is required. This simply requires your organization to identify the number of transactions per year that...


April 30, 2009  1:46 PM

PCI DSS Compliance | Getting Started on PCI DSS Compliance for Merchants



Posted by: Charles Denyer
charles denyer, merchants, pci assessment, pci dss compliance, pci qsa, service levels, transaction volume

PCI DSS compliance is having a profound impact on businesses today. In short, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is mandatory for any business involved in the processing, storage, or transmission of transaction...


April 27, 2009  11:18 AM

Virtualization and Cloud Computing | How and Why Auditing WILL change



Posted by: Charles Denyer
charles denyer, cloud, cloud computing, pci audits, SAS 70, Virtualization

The whole new wave of I.T. spreading through businesses today is that of virtualization, cloud computing, the "cloud", or any other similar and broad based terms or themes. Many people have hailed this new concept for obvious reasons, such as the reduction of overall hardware gear and space taken...


April 27, 2009  2:06 AM

Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) and SAS 70 | What Does the Future Hold?



Posted by: Charles Denyer
charles denyer, Compliance, corporate governance, PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley, SAS 70, SOX

Sarbanes Oxley and SAS 70 audits have had a monumental impact on corporate governance and compliance. So much so, they almost invented a huge part of the pie. As a SAS 70 auditor, i'm often asked what does the...


April 20, 2009  1:03 PM

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard | Learn about PCI DSS



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, commonly known as PCI DSS, is a far reaching compliance initiative put forth in a collaborative fashion by the major payment brands (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB). These compliance initiatives are overseen and guided by the...


April 19, 2009  10:29 PM

PCI DSS Self Assessment | Expert Advice for PCI Compliance



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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A PCI DSS Self Assessment is "technically" just that, a self-assessment you or your organization can undertake on your own. Great, you may be thinking, it's just a few check the boxes and I'm done, right? Not so fast. Many organizations that have to become PCI DSS compliant quickly run into a...


April 12, 2009  12:36 PM

PCI Merchant Levels for American Express | PCI DSS



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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PCI merchant levels have been clearly defined by all the major payment brands (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, and JCB). What's important to note is that you should also look at each of the...


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