About Us

Opt-Sec was formed with a clear objective:-

"To Optimise your efforts to Secure your information"

The Frameworks for Best Practices in information Security have already been comprehensively laid out in a number of Policies. These policies have been introduced by various organisations (ISO, PCI etc) with the aim of standardising terminology, definitions and minimum requirements. They are far from easy to understand however, and tend to be overly complicated, riddled with jargon and very confusing.

To compound matters, many vendors have jumped on the bandwagon and will go to great pains to point out how their products will “make you compliant”. This is usually because the use of their product will probably contribute towards the satisfaction of one or more of the requirements of one of the major Policies, but it is hardly ever because the product does everything that needs to be done to satisfy any Policy completely.

We thought there was a growing need for a Team who could explain which products can help and in which ways – using products to help satisfy compliance instead of using compliance to help sell products!

We thought there was also a clear need for simple to use systems that can help those tasked with making their organisations compliant to understand their chosen compliance Policy, manage the compliance Processes and implement the right technologies – through to Certification and beyond!

We can’t make you compliant – only you can do that – but we can optimise your efforts to secure your information, become compliant and stay compliant, in the minimum time and with the minimum effort and cost.

Please feel free to explore the pages of this website to learn more and, when you’re ready, we look forward to working with you.


PCI Security Standards Council Publishes Guidelines on Cloud Computing

Meeting with acquirers and payment technology leaders this week at the TRANSACT conference, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced new PCI SSC Cloud Computing Guidelines. Developed in collaboration with more than 100 global organizations representing banks, merchants, security assessors and technology vendors, the guidance identifies and addresses security challenges for different cloud architectures and models to help companies understand security considerations when implementing these solutions.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0500

PCI Security Standards Council Seeks Greater Global Participation and Cooperation in Payment Security Issues

At the PCI Middle East and Africa Forum today the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced a significant change in the pricing structure for the PCI SSC Participating Organization (PO) Program that will benefit many countries throughout the region and globally.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0500