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BARR Advisory Certified as PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Company

January 30, 2024 | PCI DSS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. BARR Advisory today announced that it has been accredited by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council as a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) company. The designation allows the firm to perform attestations against the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

“For organizations that process payment card transactions, PCI DSS is an essential piece of a holistic compliance program,” said Cameron Kline, director of BARR’s attest services practice.

“Achieving accreditation to perform third-party attestation services against this foundational cybersecurity standard is a major milestone that will allow BARR to provide more comprehensive compliance services to our clients in the U.S. and around the world,” Kline added.

PCI DSS is the third addition to BARR’s suite of cybersecurity compliance services within the last 12 months. Last spring, the firm achieved accreditation to audit against the updated ISO/IEC 27001:2022 standard. BARR also recently achieved accreditation to certify organizations under the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Security, Trust, Assurance, and Risk (STAR) program.

The accreditations come amid a period of rapid expansion for BARR, which has ranked among the top 10 fastest-growing companies in Kansas City for two consecutive years, according to Ingram’s magazine.

“At BARR, we’re fueled by a passion to help organizations build trust and achieve lasting cyber resilience, and adding new frameworks to our lineup of compliance services is a key tenet of those efforts,” said Kyle Helles, practice leader of attest services and partner at BARR. “Our accreditation as a PCI QSA shows we’re keeping up the momentum in 2024.”

First published in 2004, PCI DSS outlines baseline security and privacy standards for organizations that store, process, or transmit credit card information. The framework aims to reduce fraud and data breaches against vendors across industries including e-commerce, technology, and healthcare.

To learn more about BARR Advisory and the steps to achieve PCI DSS attestation, click here.


BARR Advisory is a cloud-based security and compliance solutions provider specializing in cybersecurity consulting and compliance for companies with high-value information in cloud environments like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. A trusted advisor to some of the fastest growing cloud-based organizations around the globe, BARR simplifies compliance across multiple regulatory and customer requirements in highly regulated industries including technology, financial services, healthcare, and government. 

BARR Advisory services include:

  • Compliance Program Assistance
  • SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, and SOC for Cybersecurity
  • PCI DSS Assessment Services 
  • ISO 27001 and 27701 Certifications
  • FedRAMP Security Assessments 
  • HIPAA/HITECH Services 
  • HITRUST Services
  • CSA STAR Assessments
  • Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessments
  • Cybersecurity Consulting and vCISO Services


Michelle Carson
BARR Advisory
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