Barclaycard partners Sysnet to provide merchant PCI compliance validation services

Source: Sysnet Global Solutions

Barclaycard, a leading global payments business, announces that it has partnered with Sysnet Global Solutions, a leading provider of payment card industry compliance services specialising in PCI DSS compliance validation and merchant intelligence solutions, to provide PCI DSS compliance validation services to its UK based merchant customers.

PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is a set of comprehensive requirements developed by the founding payment brands of the PCI Security Council for enhancing the security of payment account data, transactions and payment systems. Both Baclaycard and Sysnet are committed to providing businesses with solutions to help achieve and maintain required PCI DSS compliance and reduce the risk of cardholder data theft.

Barclaycard engaged Sysnet to develop Data Security Manger, a bespoke compliance validation programme designed to meet the specific needs of Barclaycard's merchant customers. The programme includes a Barclaycard-branded online portal that guides merchants through the compliance process making it as easy as possible for them to achieve and maintain compliance, a tailored communication programme designed to encourage merchant engagement and to assist business owners throughout the compliance journey, and a dedicated Data Security Helpdesk to assist merchants with any questions they may have during the validation process or regarding PCI DSS.

Data Security Manager incorporates an intuitive profiling tool that helps the merchant determine their exact PCI DSS compliance validation requirement. Every question is accompanied by a detailed explanation to ensure that the merchant understands and can answer the questions correctly. Once the profile is complete the merchant is automatically presented with the appropriate Self Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ). Where applicable, merchants will also receive scheduled scans of their external networks that help identify potential points of vulnerability. Throughout the entire process merchants will receive ongoing communications to ensure they stay on track and they can also call the dedicated Data Security Helpdesk should they require any additional support.

Sysnet also provides Barclaycard with enhanced reporting and monitoring capabilities to manage the compliance of its merchantsrchants, assisting them in meeting their compliance requirements.

"We are very proud of our joint venture with Sysnet Global Solutions", said Cheryl Morgan, Barclaycard Payment Security Manager.

"Barclaycard constantly strive to deliver innovative and practical ways to help businesses fight fraud, reduce their data security risks and meet their compliance obligations with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This has been a collaborative process and we're delighted that Barclaycard Data Security Manager is leading the way in providing all the tools and support necessary to help smaller businesses manage their PCI DSS compliance and help us to achieve our goal as being the 'go to' bank for payment acceptance."

"We work very closely with our clients to ensure we deliver a solution that focuses on their particular goals" said Gabriel Moynagh, CEO at Sysnet Global Solutions "With Barclaycard it is clear that they are passionate about protecting their merchants and helping their merchants to protect their businesses and customers. The solution we have delivered makes it easy for merchants to understand and meet their PCI requirements, but also ensures that they take the steps necessary to protect their business."

Sysnet Global Solutions is a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), qualified by the PCI Security Standards Council to provide PCI DSS validation and compliance services. Sysnet launched its first compliance management solution programme in 2008 and since then they have assisted acquiring organisations throughout the world to manage their PCI compliance requirements. 

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