The European PCI Community meeting 2015 was hosted at the Acropolis, a building located right in the middle of Nice, one of the cutest town of South France. Advantio was present to the 3 days event, starting the 3rd of November and closing the 5th, with participants from all over the globe.

PCI Community 2015 PCICM

QSAs, Merchant Portfolio Authorities (Acquiring Banks, eMoney Institutions, PSPs, Franchisers, Large Merchants, Payment Processors and more) and Merchants had another chance to meet the members of the PCI SSC and talk to each other as well as meeting Qualified Security Assessors and raise them questions, learn more about the Payment Card Industry and how their business is affected by the Data Security Standard.

The confrontation on PCI DSS and PA DSS themes was interesting as usual and it brought a number of questions and ideas for the future. The discussion was driven by the main values of conversation and collaboration, as also Stephen Orfei - General Manager for the PCI Security Standards Council - has emphasized during his introduction. The Road Ahead is clear. 2016 will be a year full of hard work and attention to new themes and innovation.

  1. Mobile Payments
  2. Small and Medium Business (SMB)
  3. New Attack Vectors
  4. Incident Response
  5. Updated Standards

These were the points that Mr. Orfei brought to the participants' attention during the very first session of the event, as the hottest topics to keep under the radar during next year. Themes that are not always coming as a surprise but that deserve great attention and hard work for all the QSAs, MPAs and Merchants.

2016 is behind the door and here at Advantio we are ready to walk The Road Ahead. Sometimes we will need to drive a fast car rather than just walk, but that doesn't scare us. We have the best drivers in our team!

Useful links:

PCI Community Nice website
PCI Community Twitter Hashtag

Igor Mancini

Written by Igor Mancini

Marketing Director at Advantio. The articles published in the Advantio Blog have the goal of supporting our mission: making IT Security simple for everyone.

My intention is to discuss IT Security related topics with the eyes of a non technical person, speaking a simple language and trying to show to the readers the benefit of IT Security best practices.