PCI Security Standards Council®

Special Interest Groups

Cloud selected as topic
for 2017 SIG project

Thank you to Participating Organizations that participated in the SIG project selection process. Participating Organizations chose to update the PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines as the focus of our 2017 SIG initiative!

Involvement in Special Interest Groups is a great way to provide your expertise to the Council and develop practical payment security resources for the industry.

If you already know you are interested in participating in this SIG, email us at sigs@pcisecuritystandards.org.

The SIG will kick off in January – stay tuned for more information on the initiative.

2016 Project

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can form a SIG? How can I propose one?

Any Participating Organization (PO) Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), and PCI Council Members* are invited to propose a Special Interest Group during an open proposal period that runs between June and July each year.

If you have any specific questions about the SIG proposal process, please email sigs@pcisecuritystandards.org.

Who will lead the SIGs?

A PCI SSC representative will chair, lead and project manage SIG work. This collaboration will free SIG volunteers to focus on contributing subject matter expertise, without responsibility for logistical matters. This also ensures greater alignment between SIG volunteer contributions and PCI SSC direction.

How will SIGs be chosen?

Ultimately, SIGs will be chosen directly by the Participating Organization membership that represents merchants, financial institutions and payment processors - the organizations that are implementing PCI Standards.

After the close of the SIG proposal period, a selected list of proposals will be drawn up by PCI SSC. This process is aimed at consolidating any overlapping proposals and ensuring shortlisted proposals are focused on areas the Council can commit to supporting in the coming year.

Video presentations on selected SIG proposals will be available for review at the North American and European Community Meetings and also on the PCI SSC website. After viewing the videos, Participating Organization Business Contacts will vote via an electronic ballot in the PO Portal, to determine which proposals will be supported by PCI SSC.

What are some of the areas that SIG's have covered in the past? What topics are appropriate for SIG projects?

Topics covered by SIG collaboration and PO participation to date include the following and are available in the Documents Library

SIG work may provide clarification on specific requirements within a PCI Standard, examine how PCI Standards work within any given industry or environment, or any other area that supports the Council's mission of raising awareness and increasing adoption of PCI Standards. Since the Council is focused on providing tools and resources to secure payment card data within the current payment system, and must also operate within a strict anti-trust framework, a focus outside of the current payment system is beyond our scope and would not be an appropriate topic for a PCI SSC SIG project.