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Services: Compliance

Beyond Checking the Box

Today, with increasing regulatory scrutiny and requirements and more threats than ever, compliance can—and should—be more than simply developing security policies and satisfying internal audits. It’s about having a deep understanding of risk and how to manage the full range of threats, so that your business can do more than just “check the box,” but rather use compliance efforts as a means to secure operations and improve performance. It’s about establishing and assessing the right risk-based controls to support a comprehensive risk management program and collecting and communicating critical data to drive effective corporate governance, risk and compliance programs.

Failure to establish effective security compliance programs can have serious consequences, including increased risk of security breaches, fines for non-compliance and increased overhead costs due to inefficient processes. And perhaps worst of all, the loss of valued relationships. But assessing and maintaining compliance with multiple standards can be time-consuming, complex, and expensive.

Mainstream helps companies manage compliance efforts more productively and efficiently, providing:

  • Vulnerability assessments and scanning
  • Security program management
  • PCI, SOX, HIPAA and state-based compliance consulting
  • Evaluation and integration of partner program into compliance practice

A thorough security risk assessment is crucial to protecting your organization, as well as helping you manage costs, preserve flexibility, and maintain the data availability your business needs to compete successfully.

PCI Pre-Assessment

If your organization is preparing for its first PCI DSS audit or its annual renewal, the Mainstream PCI pre assessment can ensure success. Mainstream provides an objective, third-party review of your readiness and controls prior to engaging in a PCI DSS audit. This assessment includes possible remediation recommendations for meeting PCI DSS compliance.  Our deliverables cover:

  • Gap analysis
  • Remediation plan
  • Ongoing support through actual audit

The scope of our Pre-PCI Assessment Services features a thorough review of all six control areas and 12 requirements as defined in PCI DSS Version 2.0.  Mainstream will prepare a detailed gap analysis and remediation plan to support compliance with the actual audit.  Mainstream conducts interviews, reviews pertinent information, utilizes proprietary applications, provides detailed questionnaires, checklists and scoring to clearly identify areas of concern.

The PCI Pre-Assessment covers all six control areas:

  • Build and Maintain a Secure Network
  • Protect Cardholder Data
  • Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
  • Implement Strong Access Control Measures
  • Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
  • Maintain an Information Security Policy


PCI Prep

If your business depends on developing a plan to achieve compliance, depend on Mainstream. Our PCI Prep service is ideal for organizations that want to perform and implement compensating controls prior to their formal PCI DSS audit by a QSA-certified auditor. This preparation service is especially beneficial to senior executives as it can be used to inform them about the PCI DSS process—including how it impacts current business strategy. It also details the potential costs of compliance vs. non-compliance.

How it Works: Mainstream provides a quick, cost-effective snapshot of your organization’s compliance with PCI DSS Version 2, including gap analysis, high-level remediation plan development, vendor assessment and selection, and ongoing support through the actual Report of Compliance.

The scope of our PCI DSS Assessment Planning includes a thorough review of your company’s current business processes and data flow involving credit card data, vendors, suppliers or customers. After mapping the business processes and data flow our team will overlay the six control domains and 12 requirements of the PCI DSS; review any compensating controls; and interview key stakeholders.

The service covers all six domains of PCI DSS Version 2.0:

  • Build and Maintain a Secure Network
  • Protect Cardholder Data
  • Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
  • Implement Strong Access Control Measures
  • Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
  • Maintain an Information Security Policy


PCI Audit Defense

Undergoing a PCI audit can be an overwhelming process for merchants handling cardholder data. The PCI requirements are subject to interpretation, and many businesses do not have the resources to prepare for a formal audit.

Mainstream PCI audit defense services support your business by:

  • Defending your PCI compliance program in a manner consistent with your business objectives
  • Preparing for and engaging in an “audit defense” strategy once the proper controls are in-place
  • Serving as your strategic advisor when the PCI auditor meets with your team
  • Advising on compensating controls with PCI Auditor