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Newcastle-based Security Risk management (SRM) Ltd is addressing the national shortage of top level qualified cyber security consultants by employing individuals with potential and then providing training in house.
Ken Rutherford (56) is the latest successful in-house candidate, gaining Quality Security Assessor (QSA) accreditation by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council this month. Because Ken also has deep rooted digital forensic experience, and was already an accepted PFI Employee, his QSA qualification made him eligible to become a PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) with immediate effect. SRM Ltd now boasts the largest number of QSAs and PFIs of any cyber security company in Europe.
QSAs are certified by the PCI Security Standards Council to audit merchants for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. The process of qualification is rigorous and requires five years’ industry experience prior to any formal study programme.
Ken was allocated time within his work schedule at SRM to study and took the QSA PCI fundamentals course in March which then guaranteed him a place on the final QSA course in London. He is the sixth member of the SRM to gain this level of qualification.
Brian Fenwick, Director, says: “We are one of only 19 companies worldwide accredited by the Payment Card Industry to investigate breaches of credit card data and as one aspect of maintaining this standard we prioritise recruitment and training.
“We run an internal training programme as well as ensuring that those studying to become QSAs attend numerous client sites with an experienced QSA to assist with the practical elements of the course.”
The company also runs its own SRM Academy, delivering elements of cyber security training to colleges in the North East and providing employment opportunities for students.