To help reduce the risk of data theft, Visa has announced that small merchants (Level 4 merchants) must use payment solutions providers that have achieved Qualified Integrator and Reseller (QIR) certification.
According to recent forensic investigations, small merchants remain targets of hackers attempting to compromise payment data. Investigators have also identified links between data breaches and lack of PCI best practices that can lead to system compromises.
Effective January 31, 2017, all Level 4 merchants using a Reseller or Integrator for payment applications and/or terminal installation services must engage only a Registered PCI QIR Professional. Additionally, all Level 4 merchants must ensure annual validation of PCI DSS compliance.
At least one qualified person from your company needs to become QIR certified. To receive certification, you'll take an online course and a certification exam. Click here for a step-by-step guide to becoming QIR certified.
The price for QIR training and certification is $395 per individual. To register go to: https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/assessors_and_solutions/qir_webform
For more information and a step-by-step guide to becoming QIR certified, click on the links below: