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Two Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services Supervisors Achieve Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Status


[caption id="attachment_19078" align="alignright" width="193"]Michael Springer, GPEN, CEH, QSA Michael Springer, GPEN, CEH, QSA[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_19077" align="alignright" width="193"]Bill Gogel, CISA, ACDA, CBRM, QSA Bill Gogel, CISA, ACDA, CBRM, QSA[/caption]

ST. LOUIS (Monday, August 4, 2014) Two members of the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services Practice have earned the Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) certification. Bill Gogel and Michael Springer, both Supervisors, passed training and testing by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council to be qualified to assess compliance to the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS).

PCI compliance impacts every person who uses a credit card and PCI DSS is what protects cardholder data. From large corporations to small businesses, every merchant or vendor that stores, processes or transmits credit card data must comply with the security standards. The size of the organization determines the specific compliance requirements that must be met.

“Information security continues to be one of the top concerns for our clients, and this important certification allows us to bring additional expertise and best practices to our clients,” said Ted Flom, Partner in Charge of the Advisory Services practice at Brown Smith Wallace.

Brown Smith Wallace has several experts certified in validating merchant and service provider compliance with the PCI DSS. In addition to performing validation services, the Advisory Services team is able to assist clients with their overall compliance process by helping define the PCI scope, perform an assessment, assist with interpretation of the requirements, identify strategies for compliance, and provide recommendations for prioritization and remediation of non-compliant areas.

The QSA accreditation program is administered by the PCI Council, founded by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa International. Its mission is to enhance the security of cardholder data by driving the adoption of the PCI Data Security Standard. All QSA professionals must be recertified with the PCI Council on an annual basis.

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About Brown Smith Wallace Brown Smith Wallace is the second-largest locally owned full-service CPA and business advisory firm in Missouri with more than 200 employees. The firm was nationally recognized as a “Best of the Best Firm” in 2013, the only accounting firm in St. Louis to receive this designation from INSIDE Public Accounting, and an Accounting Today “Best Accounting Firm to Work For.” For more information, visit or call 314-983-1200.

For More Information Contact:
Cheryl Foster | 314.983.1321 |

Michael Bowlan | 314.983.1207 |

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