Accuvant Earns Approved QDSC and QPASC Vendor Distinction

Denver, Colorado - February 28, 2006 - Accuvant, an elite provider of information security solutions, announced today that they have been appointed as a Qualified Data Security Company (QDSC) and a Qualified Payment Application Security Company (QPASC) by VISA.

VISA maintains a rigorous training and approval process for Qualified Data Security Companies, including a business stability evaluation, mandatory insurance levels, technical skills validation, and a stringent legal agreement. Accuvant had previously been appointed an approved scanning vendor by Mastercard and Visa. The QDSC designation enables Accuvant to perform onsite PCI Data Security Assessments for Level 1 Merchants and Levels 1 and 2 Service Providers. The QPASC designation enables Accuvant to perform Payment Application Security Assessments.

In addition to earning the new QDSC and QPASC designations, Accuvant has added new PCI Gap Analysis service offering to assist merchants and service providers in preparing for PCI Data Security Assessments.

"Identity theft and the security of cardholder data is a significant challenge for all participants in the payment card industry. The PCI standard and the regulations for compliance by merchants and service providers of all sizes are intended to protect the integrity of their cardholder's confidential data," stated Matthew Alderman, Director of Compliance Services for Accuvant. "Accuvant is uniquely positioned to assist merchants with their compliance readiness, assessment, and scanning requirements, including payment application assessments, because information security is Accuvant's core business."

About Accuvant : Accuvant provides solutions to address enterprise information security challenges. Accuvant security consultants rely on industry expertise and proven methodologies to help clients assess their environment, improve their compliance posture, and secure their infrastructure. Headquartered in Denver, Accuvant has 15 offices across the United States. For more information on Accuvant, please visit