PCI SSC has announced a newly expanded Brazil Regional Engagement Board. Here we talk with PCI SSC Regional Associate Director for Brazil, Carlos Caetano, about the value of the board, its role and agenda for 2019.
The Brazil Regional Engagement Board was introduced as a pilot for 2018. What led to the decision to continue the initiative in 2019?
Carlos Caetano: The Brazil Regional Engagement Board (REB) was a successful pilot in 2018. As the first PCI SSC REB in the world, it’s been excellent to see tremendous engagement from the members in Brazil - from providing insights into the challenges of implementing the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) for Brazilian companies and the need to improve our training and awareness capabilities in Brazil, to helping shape a very successful Latin America Forum in 2018. The board has helped us grow our understanding of the market and its payment security challenges and needs, so that together we can increase awareness and adoption of PCI Standards in the region. We are looking forward to building on these efforts in 2019.
PCI SSC has also expanded the board in 2019 to include additional members. What value does this bring to the board, and how do you see it benefiting the payment card industry in Brazil?
Carlos Caetano: Yes! We have increased the size of the board to make room for those companies that nominated for the inaugural board but weren’t selected and to add seats for payment service providers (PSP). I am really pleased to welcome these new members to the board for 2019 in response to the Brazilian payment card industry market change we’ve seen over this past year. PSPs make up an important and growing segment in the Brazil payment card industry. Their participation in the board will broaden the expertise of the board, provide a fuller picture of industry needs and challenges, and help support awareness and adoption of PCI Standards by PSPs and their customers. I look forward to their perspectives and participation.
What’s on the Brazil Regional Engagement Board agenda for 2019?
Carlos Caetano: Per the Brazil REB charter, the board will continue to represent the perspectives of PCI Participating Organizations and PCI constituents in Brazil, advising and providing feedback and guidance to the PCI SSC on standards and programs development and adoption in Brazil. The board established a strong foundation for this in 2018, and now we want to go a little further. The advisors will be more active in providing content that will be of great interest of the Brazilian payment card industry, including helping develop local success case studies on PCI DSS adoption and Internal Security Assessors training; advising on the PCI DSS documentation (such as standards and guidance documents) that should be prioritized for translation to Portuguese; as well as both shaping the 2019 Latin America Forum agenda and supporting on stage with presentations. I am looking forward to working with the Brazil REB for another successful year.