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Special Interest Groups

2021 SIG: Best Practices for Container Orchestration

Thank you to Participating Organizations that took part in the Special Interest Group (SIG) project selection process. Participating Organizations chose Best Practices for Container Orchestration as our 2021 SIG initiative!

PCI SSC Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are community-driven initiatives that focus on payment security challenges related to PCI Security Standards. Involvement in s SIG is a great way to provide your expertise to the PCI Council and help develop practical payment security resources for the industry.

Participants are expected to actively participate and contribute on scheduled calls, as well as provide expertise and share experience in container platforms and technologies, container lifecycle management, and security considerations for container deployments. The new SIG will be commencing soon. Please check back for more details.

If you are a Participating Organization, QSA (including PA-QSA, P2PE QSA, 3DS Assessor and PFI), CPSA, QPA, ASV or Affiliate Member and would like to join this SIG, please click the ‘Register Here’ button below and complete the interest form.

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Special Interest Group (SIG) Proposals FAQ

Who can propose a SIG?

Participating Organizations (PO), Qualified Security Assessors (QSA), Approved Scanning Vendors (ASV), Qualified PIN Assessors (QPA), Card Production Security Assessors (CPSA), Software Security Framework (SSF) Assessors, Founding Members, Strategic Members, Strategic Regional Members, and Affiliate Members may propose a Special Interest Group during the proposal period.

What are some of the areas that SIGs have covered in the past? What topics are appropriate for SIG projects?"

Special Interest Group (SIG) initiatives focus on specific payment security challenges that the PCI community wants guidance on addressing. Recent SIG topics include: Cloud Computing, Best Practices for Securing E-Commerce, Third-Party Security Assurance, Best Practices for Maintaining PCI DSS Compliance, Protecting Telephone-based Payment Card Data, and PCI DSS for Large Organizations.

SIG work may provide clarification on specific requirements within a PCI Security Standard, examine how PCI Security Standards work within a given industry or environment, or cover any other area that supports PCI SSC’s mission of raising awareness and increasing adoption of PCI Security Standards. Since the PCI SSC is focused on providing tools and resources to secure payment card data within the current payment system, and must also operate within a strict anti-trust framework, a focus outside of the current payment system is beyond our scope and would not be an appropriate topic for a PCI SSC SIG project.

How are SIGs managed?

A PCI SSC representative chairs, leads and project manages SIG work. This collaboration allows SIG volunteers to focus on contributing subject matter expertise and developing content, without responsibility for logistical matters. This structure also ensures continued alignment between SIG contributions and PCI SSC direction.

While PCI SSC provides support and facilitates the SIG process, it is the active participation and contributions by stakeholders that make a SIG successful. Participating in the SIG process, whether submitting a proposal, voting for a proposal, or serving as a lead contributor to a SIG deliverable, is one of the best ways PCI stakeholders can take part in our mission to increase payment data security globally.

How are SIGs chosen?

SIG topics are proposed and chosen by the Participating Organization membership, which represents merchants, financial institutions, vendors, associations, and payment processors. This ensures that the stakeholders involved in implementing and supporting the PCI Security Standards can select which SIG projects would be most beneficial to their needs.

SIG topics may be proposed during a defined submission period. At the close of the submission period, SIG proposals are consolidated and presentations are prepared for Participating Organizations to review via the PCI portal. An election period is then initiated for Participating Organizations to vote on their preferred SIG topics. After voting is concluded, the PCI SSC shares the results and works with the selected group to create a charter for the new SIG.

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