The PCI Security Standards Council maintains rigorous guidelines for its Quality Security Assessors (QSAs). To that end, it has created a clear-cut program to help all QSAs uphold a strong profile by following a process that ensures their consistency, credibility, competency and ethics. The quality assurance (QA) program is based on eight guiding principles that the assessor community must adhere to:
When a QSA enters remediation within the QA program, it indicates there is a need for the QSA to improve in one or more areas of their operations. These areas may include a lack of documentation in a series of reports, failure to meet business expectations with a fully operational internal QA program, or a failure to renew appropriate insurance coverage or other requirements addressed within the Validation Requirements for QSAs document.
The PCI Security Standards Council has full confidence in all QSAs posted on our Website. These organizations have successfully demonstrated years of security experience prior to qualifying and knowledge of the PCI DSS requirements, supplemented with annual training and testing.
In short, simply because a QSA is in remediation, it does not nullify their knowledge of the PCI Data Security Standard subject matter. All QSAs currently in remediation status are working diligently with the Council to return to good standing.