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Payment Systems Consulting is pleased to announce it is teaming up with Onformonics, the leader in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Training Seminars & Visa Training Partner to offer the 2 day PCI DSS Compliance Best Practices Seminar on Jan.31-Feb. 01, 2011 at the Amwaj Rotana hotel in Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE.

Organizations who accept or process credit/ debit cards payments such as Financial institutions, service providers, Merchants and generally any organisations falling under the .store, process or transmit. remit, are required by the leading payment brands to comply with the PCI DSS standard in order to mitigate the risks associated with security breaches resulting in data compromises which they inherently carry as a result of handling such sensitive cardholder information. The standard was developed and enforced by the Payment Card Industry as a result of increased fraud and identity theft and other security threats, and is designed to curb data losses and improve customer confidence.

.Payment Systems is pleased to team up with the leaders in the field, to further support the efforts of the Regulators and Card Schemes to move the Middle East into a safe payments environment. Financial institutions, third party vendors and merchants who are not serious about PCI are .dancing on a volcano. . says Mohamed Belarj, CEO of Payment Systems Consulting.

The PCI DSS Training Seminar targeting Issuers, Acquirers, Merchants, Service Providers and Payment Application Vendors focuses on the administrative and technical requirements of the Data Security Standard to assist organizations take a cost effective, hands on approach to achieving compliance and maintaining a successful on going compliance management programme. It outlines the obligations under the standard, the processes, the deadlines, the risks and the sanctions as well as the latest changes introduced with version 2.0 of the standard in late 2010.

The course will be conducted by Martin Petrov, a Visa PCI DSS Principal Trainer. Martin is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). Martin has worked as an Information Security Consultant on various enterprise scale projects for customers such as government agencies, ministries, banks, and international corporations.

According to Martin Petrov;.The PCI DSS standard has evolved over the last 5 years to become an industry established benchmark, providing a sense of confidence not only among business partners but also among consumer users. Its highly prescriptive nature and depth of details, leave little room for interpretation making it highly effective and as a result adopted by government regulators and other industries looking to implement a framework for the protection of sensitive information..