Press Release

MWR qualified as Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor

MWR InfoSecurity have been validated as a PA-QSA by the Payment Card Industry.

IT security firm MWR InfoSecurity, who last year revealed critical vulnerabilities in card payment terminals, has been validated as a PA-QSA (Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor) by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council.

The company is now able to build on its proven research skills to develop more secure payment processes and validate applications that will support merchant compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

Ben Downton, Head of Payment Security at MWR InfoSecurity, said: “We have vast experience in working with software vendors in reporting and resolving serious security vulnerabilities that could affect millions of users. The PA-QSA validation is another step forward for us and a logical progression.”

He added: “We are particularly excited to be able to continue our work with applications that reside on payment terminals, both traditional chip & pin and more modern Mobile Point of Sales (mPOS) solutions.”

With a large number of security professionals experienced across application security, research, code review and forensics, MWR is also able to validate software products as PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standard) compliant, which is an important certification for supporting compliance and a clear market differentiator for software vendors.



Accreditations & Certificates

MWR is an accredited member of The Cyber Security Incident Response Scheme (CSIR) approved by CREST (Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers).
MWR is certified under the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme to deal with sophisticated targeted attacks against networks of national significance.
We are certified to comply with ISO 9001 and 14001 in the UK, internationally accepted standards that outline how to put an effective quality and environmental management systems in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
As an Approved Scanning Vendor MWR is approved by PCI SSC to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to PCI DSS Requirement 11.2.2.
We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.
As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by NCSC for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
MWR’s consultants hold Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM) and Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS) qualifications and are authorized by CREST to perform STAR penetration testing services.