PCATS and NACS Present a Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance Planning Seminar at the PCATS Annual Conference

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and the Association for Convenience & Petroleum Retailing (NACS) are offering a one-day in-depth PCI Compliance Planning seminar with leading payment card industry data security standard (PCI-DSS) experts on Monday, January 26, 2009, during the PCATS 2009 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The seminar, jointly sponsored NACS and PCATS, is open to all industry retailers regardless of their membership in PCATS.

"Our involvement in the PCI Security Standards Council demonstrates the importance of PCI compliance in this industry. NACS has been very active in engaging our retailer members and promoting PCI standards. To that end, we encourage retailers to participate in the PCI Compliance Planning seminar at the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference," said Michael Davis, NACS vice president of member services.

Developed by the Payment Card Security Standards Council, PCI-DSS helps protect confidential payment card information against theft. Patrick Raycroft managing partner and James W. Huguelet payment architect of W. Capra Consulting Group along with President and Senior Security Strategist Rick Dakin of Coalfire will address various approaches on how to plan for PCI compliance.

"Any company that processes, stores or transmits credit card numbers is required to be PCI DSS compliant. We look forward to helping retailers take steps toward minimizing their risk in terms of PCI compliance. It is important that convenience store operators implement the measures necessary to protect their customers' payment information," said Managing Partner Patrick Raycroft of W. Capra Consulting Group.

Attendees will learn about the steps necessary to implement and adhere to PCI compliance. Topics to be covered include:  

  • PCI Compliance Requirements and Dates
  • Background Information on Recent Breaches
  • General Process and Communication
  • High Level Methodology
  • Initial Remediation
  • Audit Preparation
  • Compliance Validation
  • Remediation
  • Change Management

"There are significant costs and investments necessary to be PCI compliant but there are even greater costs associated with the fines and penalties as a result of failing to comply with the standards. We want retailers to be aware of the areas that expose them to the greatest threats as it relates to PCI compliance," stated Senior Security Strategist Rick Dakin of Coalfire.

To learn more about the PCI Compliance Planning seminar and industry experts, visit http://ww.pcats2009.org. The 2009 Annual Conference is open to all retailers, solution providers, and suppliers in the industry regardless of PCATS membership status. The early bird registration rate for one-day is $225 and the full conference fee for two or more days is $350. After January 15, registration rates are $275 and $395 respectively.

About Coalfire Systems, Inc.
Coalfire Systems, Inc. team members are specialists in IT audit, information security and regulatory compliance. Coalfire's expertise includes risk management programs for compliance to the Gramm Leach-Bliley Act, Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, VISA CISP (PCI) and other security-related regulations and industry initiatives.

About NACS
NACS, the association for convenience and petroleum retailing, is an international trade association representing more than 2,200 retail and 1,800 supplier member companies. The U.S. convenience store industry, with over 146,000 stores across the country, posted $577.4 billion in total sales in 2007, with $408.9 billion in motor fuels sales.

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) was founded in September 2003 to continue the development and maintenance for standards work initiated under the NACS Technology Standards Project. PCATS mission is to develop, maintain and help members implement a variety of technology standards. With over 150 members, the group's membership represents more than 22,000 convenience stores. Membership is open to any petroleum marketer, convenience store owner/operator, other retail channels, or any of their suppliers or vendors. For additional information regarding PCATS, please visit www.pcats.org.

About W. Capra Laboratories
W. Capra Laboratories was launched in September of 2008 to provide a premier testing service and lab facility for the retail petroleum industry. As the selected service provider of the PCATS Certification and Interoperability Program, W. Capra Laboratories is dedicated to continuously improve the quality and interoperability of technology delivered to the industry. Additional commercial services that cover the spectrum of testing activities are also available to the industry. W. Capra Laboratories is solely owned by W. Capra Consulting Group, Inc. who has been providing retail technology and payments consulting to the Petroleum C-Store industry for over 8 years. For more information, contact Patrick Raycroft or Doug Rodewald at 312-873-3300.