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SPSP Partners with Intense School to Offer CPISM/CPISA Certification

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Publish Date:
January 8, 2009

PARK CITY, UT -- 01/08/09 -- The Society of Payment Security Professionals is proud to announce Intense School as its sole Authorized Training Partner for Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Manager and Auditor (CPISM/CPISA) training. The partnership allows the Society to meet the growing demand for training and certification opportunities. Working together, the SPSP and Intense School will offer training and certification at locations across the country.

"The ability to meet the needs of our members in making training opportunities more accessible is of vital importance to the Society," reports Chris Mark, CPISM/A, CISSP, CIPP and Founder of the Society of Payment Security Professionals. "Intense School's reputation and their ability to support logistics surrounding training in concert with the SPSP's content and expertise in Payment Security will combine to provide our members the highest caliber of training available in the industry today. As a former QSA and QSA trainer, we recognize the importance of enabling companies to speak the same language as the QSAs. This program was developed to do just that and more."

Barry Kaufman, QSA and Director of Training Services for Intense School, added, "Working with the Society of Payment Security Professionals allows Intense to round out its robust program of information security programs. In addition to our more general security offerings, we are now able to include this comprehensive, industry-specific training on the compliance and security issues facing the payments industry. We are honored and pleased to embark on this partnership with SPSP and look forward to delivering their top-caliber content."

Dates for the CPISM/CPISA training are as follows, with more dates being added as the need arises:

03/03/2009 - 03/06/2009         Boot Camp (4 days)      Atlanta, GA
06/09/2009 - 06/12/2009         Boot Camp (4 days)      Redwood City, CA
09/01/2009 - 09/04/2009         Boot Camp (4 days)      Dulles, VA
11/17/2009 - 11/20/2009         Boot Camp (4 days)      Fort Lauderdale, FL

The CPISA training will begin on day one, while CPISM training will begin day two. Both exams will be offered on the fourth day of training.

About the Society of Payment Security Professionals

The Society of Payment Security Professionals (SPSP) is an international organization dedicated to providing individuals and organizations involved in payment security a community in which to share information and access education and certification opportunities. The SPSP focuses not only on industry self-regulation, but on the government mandates surrounding data security and privacy. The SPSP offers two certification programs: the Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Manager (CPISM) and Certified Payment-Card Industry Security Auditor (CPISA). These certifications serve to allow business personnel and technical staff to demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency in the unique data security concerns of the Payments Industry. For more information on SPSP, please visit

About Intense School

Intense School, the training division of Vigilar, has been providing accelerated IT training and certification for over 11 years to more than 25,000 IT and Information Security professionals worldwide.

As the founders of the accelerated boot camp training format, Intense School employs Expert Instructors who are industry-recognized leaders, authors, and highly experienced in their fields.

Delivered in classrooms or at customer locations nationwide and online via Intense Online or through self-paced study, Intense School offers network security training on a variety of topics, including Information Security, Check Point NGX, Cisco, Microsoft, Project Management, and PCI and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. For more information about Intense School and their CPISM/CPISA offerings, please visit or

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