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Internal Security Assessor (ISA) ™

About the Course

The PCI SSC Internal Security Assessor (ISA) Program provides large merchants, acquiring banks, and processors the opportunity to build their internal PCI Security Standards expertise and strengthen their approach to payment data security, as well as increase their efficiency in compliance with the PCI Data Security Standards.

Employee Education is the Best Defense for Protecting your Organization’s Data Assets.

To address concerns about PCI compliance and card data security, the PCI Security Standards Council operates the Internal Security Assessor Program to assist firms seeking to educate their employees on PCI compliance regulations.  The program trains, tests, and certifies organizations and individuals to assess and validate adherence to PCI Security Standards.

Who Should Attend:

ISA training is intended primarily for individuals who already possess significant relevant security audit and assessment experience (including but not limited to Network Security, Application Security and Consultancy, System Integration, and Auditing)

The Format:

The Council recognizes that students may prefer different learning environments and offers ISA training in two formats:   Instructor-led (ILT) and online eLearning.  Same content.  Same qualification.  You decide what’s best for you.

Instructor-Led:

Two-day classroom instruction provides:

  • In-person engagement and collaboration as well as networking opportunities
  • Ability to focus on curriculum with fewer distractions in classroom setting
  • Learn directly from an expert PCI SSC trainer with hands-on experience assessing merchants and/or service providers

Taking the exam - Upon completion of the instructor-led curriculum, the student will take the certification exam immediately following the course. 

Attendance during the entire two day PCI SSC New ISA instructor-led training class is mandatory. Missing more than 30 minutes of the class will automatically result in forfeiture of the PCI SSC ISA exam and removal from the class.

eLearning:

This self-paced eLearning course offers:

  • Flexible scheduling 24/7/365
  • An environment conducive to learning from the comfort of your home or office
  • Reduction in travel costs and time away from work

Taking the exam - Upon completion of the eLearning curriculum, the student will take the qualification exam at one of over 4,000 Pearson VUE Testing Centers worldwide.  The student will receive a voucher number to be redeemed in Pearson VUE’s online registration system, allowing him/her to select the location and time where he/she will take the exam at the PVTC.  This provides individuals in any country an opportunity to train for and take the exam at their convenience and at a location close to home or work.

The instructor did an excellent job, I highly recommend him for all future trainings.Hannalore Murray, Market America

Loved the training. I learned a lot and made many notes on what I need to do for 2013 SAQ.Paul R Plutae, ACG Texas, LP

PCI isn't the most exciting or entertaining material. With the instructor’s humor and real world experience, learning PCI and how to be an ISA was a good experience.Nolan, Liberty Mutual


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The PCI Security Standards Council (the "Council") provides a variety of tools, questionnaires, guidance, FAQs, training resources and other materials and information to assist organizations seeking to achieve compliance with its standards (the "Standards"). Third party products and services are also available, but the Council does not endorse or recommend any such third party products or services, and advises all organizations seeking to achieve compliance to become familiar with the Standards and related requirements before purchasing third party products or services. Ultimately, all applicable requirements must be met in order to achieve compliance, regardless of whether or what third party products or services are used.