Fraud Defence First has been accepted to become a registered participating organisations of the PCI council which was formed by the card schemes Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Diners, American Express and Discover’s in the global fight against payment and card fraud.

What is the PCI DSS Participating Organisation registry of service providers?

There are only 161 European companies (and just 750 companies globally) who are registered in the payment industry as a participating organisation. We sit alongside the acquiring banks, processors, hardware and software developers, and Epos providers to ensure global fraud defence.

What are the responsibilities of a Participating Organisation?

Each Participating Organisation agrees to be bound by the following obligations and rules of participation.

  1. Vote for Participating Organization representatives on the PCI SSC Board of Advisors. Elections shall be at such times and under such policies and procedures as shall from time to time be approved by the Board of Managers of PCI SSC.
  2. Nominate a representative to stand for election to the PCI SSC Board of Advisors, pursuant to such policies and procedures as shall from time to time be approved by the Board of Managers of PCI SSC.
  3. Comment on drafts of all revisions to the DSS specification, and on any new specifications, prior to public release.
  4. Attend any annual Standards Community Meeting to be hosted by PCI SSC.
  5. Publicly disclose its status as a PCI SSC Participating Organization.
  6. Recommend new initiatives for consideration to PCI SSC.
  7. Such other rights as may from time to time be approved and announced by PCI SSC.


The PCI SSC Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP)™ Program provides a credential for industry practitioners who demonstrate their professional knowledge and understanding of PCI SSC standards (“PCI Standards”) and supporting materials. 

The PCI Security Standards Council, LLC (“PCI SSC”) sponsors this qualification and serves as an impartial, third-party evaluator of each candidate’s knowledge and understanding of PCI Standards. 

Having this credential for our staff means we are open to a global forum for the ongoing development, enhancement, storage, dissemination and implementation of security standards for account data protection.

What is a PCIP?

Candidates for PCIP qualification must have a minimum of two years relevant work experience in an IT or IT related role and must possess a base level of knowledge and awareness of information technology, network security and architecture, and the payment industry. It is renewable every three years to ensure individuals are in line with the PCI SSA code of professional responsibility.

PCI Implementor


The PCI Implementor accreditation focuses on the 12 requirements and different situations they are applied in.


What is a PCI DSS Implementor?

A PCI DSS Implementor has a deep understanding on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and its implementation. Specifically; the assessment per acceptance type, test procedures, reporting requirements, SAQ’s, PCI auditors, cardholder environments, scoping and reductions, gap analysis, remediation and compensating controls.

This accreditation provides our implementors with a  holistic prioritised approach to fraud and the recognition to resolve issues where a compensating control may or may not be appropriate for such controls.

Information Commisioner’s Office (ICO)


At Fraud Defence First, we take clients data very seriously and have been complying with the Information Commissioner’s Office since we set up. You can be rest assured we are compliant with the ICO and annually update our details in line with the data protection act.