The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has named the two key areas of payment card security which will be explored by Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in 2013.
The PCI SSC is best known for establishing and maintaining the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a list of data management requirements which any retailers that accept debit or payment card information must adhere to.
Every year, the PCI SSC community – which is made up of merchants, financial institutions, service providers and associations – votes on particular areas of interest which they would like to see tackled by a special task force – or SIG – moving forward.
These SIGs serve to provide guidance and recommendations to both the PCI SSC and retailers, in order to assist in interpreting and complying with the PCI DSS.
After thorough consideration, the two areas which will be reviewed by SIGs in 2013 have been announced as "Third Party Security Assurance" and "Best Practices for Maintaining PCI DSS Compliance".
The SIGs in question will assemble to begin work in January of next year, before delivering their final reports on the two topics later in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
"The community had to choose between seven excellent proposals from their peers, so it was certainly not an easy decision," said PCI SSC general manager Bob Russo in a statement on November 28.
"We were pleased that once again we had a strong number of Participating Organizations participate in the election to identify the areas that they most need guidance around when it comes to protecting their card data."
Members of the PCI SSC community which would like to participate in either of the 2013 SIG projects have been invited to apply via the PCI SSC website.