Celerity to Partner with PCI Security Standards Council to Improve Payment Data Security Worldwide

McLEAN, VA – Celerity, a business acceleration firm, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new Participating Organization. Celerity will work with the Council to achieve and improve payment data security worldwide through the ongoing development of the PCI Security Standards, including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). 

Business and IT ConsultingEndorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., the PCI Security Standards require merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data protection. To enhance payment data security globally while embracing new technologies as they are developed, the Council relies on involvement of those across the payments processing chain, from merchants and service providers to payment device manufacturers and software developers, financial institutions and processors.

As a Participating Organization, Celerity adds its voice to the standards setting process and will receive previews of drafts of standards and supporting materials in order to provide feedback to shape their final versions, as well as engage a growing community of more than 650 organizations united to improve payment security. 

Celerity will also have the opportunity to recommend new initiatives for consideration to the PCI Security Standards Council through Special Interest Groups (SIG) participate in exclusive webinars and question and answer sessions with Council representatives, and review and discuss new versions of the PCI Security Standards while sharing cross-sector experiences and best practices at the annual Community Meetings. 

“In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, adhering to the PCI DSS represents an entity’s best protection against network security threats and data breaches,” said Bob Russo, General Manager of the PCI Security Standards Council.  “By joining as a Participating Organization, Celerity demonstrates they are playing an active part in mitigating the threats and improving the security of the payment chain globally by driving the security standards to higher levels of adoption and strength.”

“Our entrance into PCI’s Security Standards Council as a Participating Organization member is a great honor and a big milestone for our company,” said Sanam Boroumand, Director of Celerity’s practice. “Our BPM team is excited about the opportunities available to work with the Council to advance card holder data security with the most efficient processes and standards.”


About the PCI Security Standards Council
The PCI Security Standards Council is an open, global forum that is responsible for the development, management, education and awareness of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and other standards that increase payment data security. Founded in 2006 by the major payment card brands American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., the Council has more than 650 Participating Organizations representing merchants, banks, processors and vendors worldwide. To learn more about playing a part in securing payment card data globally, please visit: pcisecuritystandards.org.

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About Celerity
Celerity is a business acceleration consultancy devoted to helping companies and government agencies break through key stuck points and solve critical problems. We deliver proven solutions in four main areas: technology adoption and integration, business process efficiency, strategy and alignment and talent. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Celerity operates nine regional offices with more than 600 employees and $96 million in revenue.


Jenifer Kern
VP of Marketing, Celerity
T: 703.848.1900

Laura K Johnson, Ella Nevill
PCI Security Standards Council
T: 781.876.6250