Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are community-driven initiatives that focus on payment security challenges related to PCI Security Standards.
Beginning 19 July through 16 August 2017, members of the PCI community are invited to propose ideas for 2018 Special Interest Groups. Here we talk with PCI SSC Chief Operating Officer Mauro Lance on the value of PCI SIGs and why members of the payment industry should participate in these initiatives.
What is the value of PCI Special Interest Groups from your perspective?
Mauro Lance: The work done by Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is a key resource at the PCI Security Standards Council. The best thing about SIGs is that they are driven by the industry – those out on the front lines of payment security have the opportunity to tell us the topics they want to explore and provide more guidance on, and then play a leading role in developing resources that are useful to themselves and their customers. The result is practical and relevant resources that help stakeholders apply PCI Standards to their organizations.
Why are PCI Special Interest Groups unique?
Mauro Lance: PCI Special Interest Groups bring together experts from across industries and around the world to address the topics that are most important to their payment security efforts. This knowledge sharing is one of the best examples of industry collaboration. Some of our most popular resources are products of these groups’ work. And their value is not just limited to the output they produce – feedback from SIGs over the years have influenced updates to the PCI Standards themselves.
Why should members of the PCI community participate in PCI Special Interest Group initiatives?
Mauro Lance: It’s an opportunity to play a key part in developing resources that can help you, your customers and business partners, and the entire payment card industry. Participating in the Special Interest Group process, whether submitting a proposal, voting for a proposal, or serving as a lead contributor to a SIG deliverable, is one of the best ways PCI stakeholders can take part in our mission to increase payment data security globally.