WAKEFIELD, Mass. — The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), which oversees the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standard that card-accepting retailers must follow, today announced that nominations for election to the 2011-2013 PCI SSC board of advisors are now being accepted
To generate a broad range of input across a variety of stakeholders, PCI SSC has made 21 seats available on the board, of which 14 will be open for nomination by current PCI SSC "Participating Organizations." An additional seven will be appointed by the PCI SSC Executive Committee to ensure broad representation both geographically and across key stakeholder groups.
Retailers are among those who can serve on the board; Wal-Mart Stores is a current board member. Other categories include financial institutions, payment processors, technology vendors, industry associations, among others.
Only Participating Organizations are eligible to nominate and elect the Board of Advisors. Companies interested in becoming a Participating Organization may obtain more information at PCI SCC's website. Currently 226 retailers are Participating Organizations, including the following food distributors: Kroger, Loblaw Cos., Nash Finch, Sainsbury's, Sobeys, Publix, Safeway, Wal-Mart Stores, Ahold, Alex Lee, Costco, Hannaford Bros., Supervalu and Tesco.
The incoming Board of Advisors will represent the current roster of more than 600 PCI SSC Participating Organizations and will provide strategic and technical input to the Council, reflecting the varied perspectives of a diverse set of global stakeholders. The Council views this input as critical to the ongoing enhancement of PCI Standards.
"Over the past two years, our previous board has provided us with a wide range of perspectives, advice and actionable feedback," said Bob Russo, general manager, PCI Security Standards Council, in a statement. "Many of the tools and resources you see from PCI SSC today, such as the Internal Security Assessor training program, the Prioritized Approach and the Wireless Guidelines Information Supplement, were developed with the board’s ideas and input."
Participating Organizations interested in serving on the board of advisors are invited to nominate one representative from their company. In order to do so they must provide a short description of the company’s payment card industry participation and information regarding why the company should be elected to the board. This information should be submitted via the nomination form accessed through the Participating Organization portal.
The nominations process, which closes on Friday, Feb. 25, will be followed by a voting period from mid-March to early April in which Participating Organizations can vote for their representatives for the next two-year term. The new board of advisors will be announced in early May 2011.