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Bull awarded Qualified Security Assessor status by the PCI-SSC

Posted on 01 July 2012 by Pierre Picard

Bull joins the short list of French companies to achieve the QSA qualification, awarded by the PCI-SSC, for the whole of Europe.

The QSA (Qualified Security Assessor) certification was awarded to Bull by the PCI-SSC (Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council*) following a process that not only validated the Group’s expertise and commitment to meet the requirements of the PCI-DSS, but also its ethics and the competence of its QSA-certified assessors. This high-level qualification, rarely achieved in France, enables Bull to support its customers throughout the life cycle of compliance with the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), which covers the protection of banking data.

The PCI-DSS is designed to improve the security of payment card transactions and drastically reduce the possibility of data leakage. PCI-DSS compliance is an essential pre-requisite for all players in the economy who accept card payments, whether the card holder is ‘present’ or ‘absent’ (for example, where payment is taken over the Internet or phone), from the moment where they store, process or transmit data associated with payments cards. All those who accept card payments have to submit to annual compliance audits, carried out by a QSA certified by the PCI-SSC. With this accreditation, PCI-DSS audits carried out by Bull become officially certified and are recognized by the major card issue bodies who are members of the PCI-SSC: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, JCB and Discover.

As a major player in payments systems, Bull supports its customers from their initial specifications right through to the integration of highly secure business-critical software and hardware solutions. “We are extremely proud to have achieved this certification, which once again demonstrates our leading-edge skills in financial transaction security,” commented Franck Gréverie, Executive VP for Bull’s Security Solutions Business Line. “This perfectly complements our security offerings for the finance sector. It will enable us to offer our customers a unique, one-stop shop partnership in terms of consultancy and implementation support for their security policies; including the definition and deployment of security architecture, Identity and Access Management, secure IT infrastructures and data security.”

Bull’s QSA consultants carry out audits and give certificates of compliance, and are also well placed to support their customers both up-front and throughout the process of achieving PCI-DSS compliance.

The Security Solutions Business Line at Bull – leader in secure digital systems – offers high level solutions in cyber-security, mission-critical systems and electronic warfare. By bringing our teams, with their outstanding expertise in security and data protection, together into a single organization, we can deliver sector-specific offerings and made-to-measure solutions to meet the requirements of even the most demanding customers.


To find out more about PCI-DSS compliance, read the article “Expert voice: PCI-DSS in 5 points”

* PCI-SSC: the American organization which defines data security standards for the payment card industry.


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