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PCI DSS Gap Analysis

Experienced Qualified Security Assessors, identifying gaps, and providing recommendations to achieve full PCI DSS compliance.

Book your Gap Analysis

Identify gaps, and get recommendations to achieve full PCI DSS compliance

Our experienced PCI DSS QSA team will assess each payment channel, accurately positioning your organisation against the PCI DSS and its security requirements. They will then provide a report detailing current strengths and weaknesses, alongside actionable and proportionate recommendations.

Your gap analysis will typically consist of four key phases: a pre-assessment, a process review, a technical control analysis, and the write-up. Throughout this time, our security assessors will evaluate policies, processes, and procedures, as well as observing and testing security controls and associated technical documentation.

Ultimately, this project aims to provide tactical and strategic recommendations that give your organisation the information needed to minimise the risk of non-compliance during a PCI DSS assessment, in addition to aiding key decision making, assistance with cost forecasting, and budget justification.

Our PCI DSS practice has conducted gap analysis projects for organisations across sectors and industries, and are well-placed to identify and advise on your compliance.


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Key benefits

Identification of gaps, and recommendations made, to achieve full compliance with the PCI DSS.

Pragmatic advice

Our work is defensible and evidence-based, but we’re pragmatic. We get business, and we’re not box-tickers.

Identify issues

Identify areas of non-compliance before a formal assessment takes place, or a security breach occurs.

Relationship driven

Our customers are the life-blood of our practice. We value your business, and strive to build a long-term relationship.


Passionate work from passionate people

Our work and expertise with the PCI DSS

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was developed to enhance cardholder data security measures across the world. The PCI DSS provides a baseline for your technical and operational controls designed to protect your customer’s payment data.

The PCI DSS applies to all entities involved in payment card processing, including merchants, processors, acquirers, issuers, and service providers. The PCI DSS also applies to all other entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data.

To guide our clients through the extensive requirements of the PCI DSS, we maintain a dedicated team of PCI DSS Qualified Security Assessors (QSA). Our QSA team is engaged by retail brands, payment service providers, and FTSE 100 companies (including commercial and domestic energy), to provide experienced Qualified Security Assessors that understand complex technical environments in fast-paced industries.

Our team has vast operational experience with modern technologies, including containerised and virtualised environments, and is used to providing security advice to everybody from first line support, through to the C-Suite.

Alongside our delivery work, we frequently publish security articles, white papers, and case studies, as well as evidence for research and government.

Crucially, we believe that rationalised information assurance policies – driven by evidence and data, rather than hyperbole and fear – are the best way to improve our clients’ security capabilities.

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Continuous assurance is the future of PCI DSS governance.

It allows you to make evidence-based decisions and investments, instead of the box ticking of years gone by.

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