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.




As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by CESG for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
We are certified in the ISO 9001 quality management system (QMS) in the UK, ensuring reliable delivery of our products and services.
We are certified to comply with ISO 14001 in the UK, an internationally accepted standard that outlines how to put an effective environmental management system 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 are 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.