Frequently Asked Questions

Location and Accommodation

Who should attend the PCI Security Standards Council Community Meeting 2013?
The PCI Security Standards Council's annual community meetings provide an exclusive opportunity for Participating Organizations, Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), Approved Scanning Vendors (ASVs), Qualified Integrator and Resellers (QIRs), Payment Card Industry Professionals (PCIPs), Internal Security Assessors (ISAs), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) group members and Payment Application QSAs (PA-QSAs) to learn firsthand about the upcoming new standards releases, as well as gain insight into other Council programs and standards. Each session will provide extensive opportunities for questions and answers with representatives from each of the payment brands.

Where is the 2013 Community Meeting going to be located?
The conference will be held at the following venue:

Nice Acropolis
Esplanade Kennedy
BP 4083
06302 Nice cedex 4
+33 (0)4 93 92 83 00

Which hotel has a room block for this meeting?  What are the rates?
Please click here for the accommodations section of the website.

Registration - In-Advance and On-Site

What is the registration fee for attending the Community Meeting?
POs receive 2 free registrants and then pay $495 for additional registrants. QSA/ASV/ISA/PTS Lab/QIR members receive 1 free registrant and then pay $795 for additional registrant. If a company is both a QSA and ASV it will receive 2 free registrants (1 for each program). If a company is both an ISA Sponsor Company and a PO, active ISAs will need to register under the ISA registration type or they will not be allowed to attend the assessor session. PCIP members pay $1,295. All PCIP's are required to pay the registration fee to attend unless the company is also an assessor or PO.

What does my registration fee include?
Your registration includes admission to the conference sessions, access to speaker presentations and papers, an attendee list, access to the Vendor Showcase, daily breakfast and lunch, and admittance to the Welcome Reception and Networking Reception.

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
For registrations made online, confirmation of registration will be immediately sent via email. For registrations made with check payment via mail, please allow two weeks for processing; confirmation of registration will be sent via email immediately upon processing. If you do not receive your confirmation after 30 days, please call e-mail or +1 (781) 876-8855.

Will I receive a receipt for my registration?
Your email confirmation will also serve as your meeting registration receipt. If you need something more detailed, please e-mail or call +1 (781) 876-8855.

May I register onsite for the meeting?
Yes, you may register onsite at the meeting. Payments must be in the form of check or credit card. Payment must be made in full for entry to the conference. We strongly encourage you to register in advance so that you will have a speedier check-in when you arrive at the meeting.

Where do I go when I get to the Nice Acropolis? Where is the event held?
The Community Meeting rooms are located in on level 2 and 3 of the Acropolis. Signs will be clearly signposted in the lobby area of the hotel. Please refer to your Program Guide once onsite for the complete agenda with room assignments. Click here to access the meeting rooms floor plan.

Will I receive a refund if I have to cancel my registration?
Refunds are available based on when you cancel. Cancellations made on or before 29 September 2013 will be refunded 100% of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee to cover the processing cost.  Cancellations made from 30th September 2013 - 15th October 2013 will be refunded 50% of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee.  No refunds will be available for cancellations made on or after 16th October 2013 or for no-shows. You may substitute another person from your firm or company if you are unable to attend. Requests for refunds in accordance with this policy or substitutions may be submitted via email to  or call +1 (781) 876-8855. 

I have registered for the meeting but would like to make changes to my name on my badge. How do I do this?
Your meeting badge will be created using the name and affiliation information submitted in your registration. If you would like to change the information on your badge, please e-mail or call +1 (781) 876-8855 with your requested change prior to the conference.  You may also request the change onsite at the meeting registration area but please note there may be a wait due to the high volume of activity expected at the registration area.

While On-Site

What is the "official" language of the meeting?
The Community Meeting presentations and hand-outs will be in English.

What is the dress code for the Community Meeting?
Business casual attire is encouraged for all meetings and events at the PCI SSC Community Meeting 2013.

Will I have Internet Access while at the meeting?
Yes, there will be wireless internet access in the conference area. The access code for this secured wireless network will be included in your registration materials.  Attendees staying at the hotel and confirmed within the PCI Room Block will receive a separate access code that will work in their guestroom. 

May I tweet, blog or use other Social Media outlets before, during and after the meeting to discuss topics announced at the meeting?
The Community Meeting is a unique annual opportunity to meet face-to-face with your Participating Organization peers. It is a chance to share views, give feedback, network and discuss new developments in person. Use of social media tools at Community Meetings to discuss and share non-confidential information is welcome.

However, in order to keep these valuable face-to-face discussions moving along, we kindly request that if you wish to use social media, you do so in a manner that does not distract from the goals of the meetings. Additionally, if you choose to use social media to report on your experience at Community Meetings, please do not publish confidential details of specific discussions or disclose any information about any company's security position or compliance status.

The Council will be sharing updates via Twitter @PCISSC and the #PCICM hashtag and encourages the use of #PCICM for related posts.

Tell me more about the Welcome Reception and Networking Reception.
The Council invites all attendees to join them at both the Welcome and Networking Receptions. The Welcome Reception will provide attendees with networking opportunities across global regions and industry markets. The Welcome Reception will take place on Tuesday, 29th October 2013, from 5:45pm-8:30pm.  On Wednesday, the Council invites you to relax after an informative day during an evening Networking Reception with refreshments.  The Networking Reception will take place on Wednesday, 31 October 2013, from 5pm-8pm.

Will there be vegetarian or other dietary meal options at the Community Meeting?
Yes. Vegetarian and other special dietary needs (such as kosher, gluten-free, etc.) can be made available upon request; please contact in advance with your request.

What if I need special assistance?
If under the applicable laws of the U.S. you require auxiliary aids or services, please e-mail or call +1 (781) 876-8855.

Will I be able to store my luggage at the PCI SSC Community Meeting Registration Desk after I check out from the hotel?
PCI SSC is unable to store luggage for you. If you are checking out of the hotel prior to your departure time from the conference, please store your luggage with the hotel bell staff.

Nice Area Information

What is the weather like in Nice for the month of October?
The weather during the Community Meeting will be about 18° F/64° C from a high during the day and about 21 F/70° C in the evenings. 

Where may I obtain information about the Nice International Airport and transportation options to the Nice Acropolis?
Please click here to visit the Ground Transportation section of the Community Meeting Web site.

What are the driving directions to the hotel?
Please click here to visit the Ground Transportation section of the Community Meeting Web site.

I am traveling from overseas; do I require a passport/visa to travel to Nice?
For information on passport/visa requirements for entry into the United States, visit .  Should you need to apply for a visa, please send an email request to, and we will send you a letter of invitation to support your application. However you must contact us as soon as possible with your request.

Currency Rate
The currency for the United States is the dollar, the symbol is $.  The exchange rate (as of January 2013) is    $1 = €0.765190 or $1 = £ 0.623175. For the most up-to-date exchange rate please visit .

What is the voltage for the Nice?
Nice runs on 220-240 Volts  and uses an C & E/F plug.