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PCATS' CIO Data Security Boot Camp Provides CPE Credits

STAFFORD, Va. -- The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) announced chief information officer (CIO) Data Security Boot Camp attendees can receive 12 full continuing professional education (CPE) credits for attending the one and one-half day boot camp, being held Jan. 19-20, during the PCATS 2010 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

PCATS and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) partnered with Coalfire Systems Inc., an information technology (IT) audit and compliance firm, to deliver an intensive educational boot camp that teaches payment card industry (PCI) compliance requirements, including deadlines, merchant levels and reporting; including completing a self assessment questionnaire (SAQ). The PCI compliance report and audit scope will be reviewed, as well as a complete overview of the 12-step process to validate compliance, according to the companies.

"Boot camp attendees may submit their time spent at the session to receive CPE credits. At the conclusion of the course, students can receive a certificate of completion for attending the boot camp," said Rick Dakin, president at Coalfire. "The course will be of significant benefit to those who wish to accelerate compliance and reduce costs while keeping their education and credentials up-to-date."

The vendor-neutral data security boot camp is intended to empower CIOs within the c-store industry by reviewing the processes and practices currently in place to support the flow of information. It will also provide attendees with the steps necessary to protect customer data and better support enterprise goals. Merchants will understand the compliance requirements accurately and get advice on various approaches they can take to achieve proper compliance, the companies reported.

The registration fee for the CIO data security boot camp is $799 for PCATS members and $899 for non-members until Dec. 31. It includes access to the various PCATS Annual Conference events. The cost after Dec. 31 will be $899 for members and $999 for non-members. To obtain additional details, or register for the CIO data security boot camp, visit

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