Top Minds in PCI Compliance

Top Minds in PCI Compliance

With countless data breaches hitting the front page, many are turning to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) which is an invaluable controls list to guide, influence, and promote security.

However, there are merchants who argue that these controls provide too much security while security professionals think they provide too little.

So what do the experts think about PCI DSS? Here are five worth listening to:

1.Laura Johnson

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As Director of Communications for PCI Security Standards Council (SSC), Laura Johnson is responsible for creating communication strategies that inform, educate, and help PCI SSC global stakeholders to participate in PCI programs and initiatives.

If you want to learn about PCI fundamentals, check out her blog. There, you’ll also find the latest and greatest on PCI DSS 3.2.

2. Anton Chuvakin / @anton_chuvakin


Not only is Anton Chuvakin an Infosec expert, but he’s also super knowledgeable about PCI DSS compliance, offering the best dos and don’ts to keep everyone’s payment cards safe. Currently Dr. Anton Chuvakin is a Research Vice President of Gartner’s  Technical Professionals (GTP) Security and Risk Management Strategies team.

According to Mr. Chuvakin, many make the mistake of only adhering to the PCI DSS specific tasks right before a compliance assessment. However, in reality you really need to adhere to the standards at all times as security doesn’t start and end with PCI compliance.

By the way, get his book on PCI Compliance! You won’t regret it!

3. Nancy Rodriguez

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Nancy Rodriguez is currently Enterprise PCI Governance Leader at Wells Fargo and responsible for coordinating and conducting PCI risk assessments.

Her contributions to the industry are wide and varied and started over 25 years ago. She has been a trusted advisor at Citi for all global PCI programs, a former Board of Advisors of PCI SSC, and a PCI Compliance Director at Philips.

See what others have to say about Rodriguez, here.

4. Troy Leach / @TroyLeach


Troy Leach is the Chief Technology Officer for the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC). He partners with industry leaders to develop standards and strategies to ensure that payment card data and infrastructure is secure.

If you want to hear more from Mr. Leach and Mr. Chuvakin on what they have to say about the balance between PCI DSS compliance and security, check out this insightful interview. Also Mr. Leach regularly tweets out links to stories on bank hackers, robberies, and ATM thieves – it’ll feel like you’re watching an episode of Law and Order!

5.John Kindervag/ @kindervag


Mr. Kindervag is a leading expert on wireless security, network security, security information management, and PCI data security. Currently he is Forrester’s Vice President and Principal Analyst serving security and risk professionals.

In this TechTarget article, Mr. Kindervag dispels the five biggest misunderstandings about PCI DSS.

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