SISA Institute achieves ANAB Accreditation for Payment Industry Security Certification Programs

Boasting a community of 10,500 certified professionals across 40+ countries, SISA’s CPISI, CPISI-Advanced and CPISI-D programs now stand as the first and sole Payment Industry Security Certification to earn the esteemed ISO/IEC 17024:2012 accreditation from ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).


August 1, 2023: SISA Institute, a pioneer in cybersecurity education, is proud to announce that ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has granted accreditation to our esteemed payment Industry security certification programs: CPISI, CPISI-Advanced, and CPISI-Developers. This prestigious accreditation validates the quality and integrity of SISA’s programs, ensuring that they meet the highest standard for the cybersecurity industry.

The payment industry, at the heart of digital transformation with breakthrough technologies such as blockchain, contactless payments, mobile wallets, and digital currencies; is facing an unprecedented era of cyber threats despite the conveniences and speed of modern transactions. Today, organizations handle an extensive volume of sensitive data during payment transactions, making them a prime target for cyber criminals, causing a significant rise in data breaches, fraud, and financial losses.

It is in this context that the need for specialized training in payment Industry security has become acute. The payments industry requires a workforce armed with the knowledge and skills to understand, navigate, and protect against these evolving threats. Professionals need to be adept at handling diverse payment modes, conversant with international standards, and capable of implementing best practices in data security. They also need to understand the legal and regulatory implications of payment security and how to ensure compliance. As a result, the demand for cybersecurity professionals with a profound understanding of digital payment protection is skyrocketing.

ANAB ANSI Certificate Handover

Dr. Vijay Krishna, VP of Credentialing at ANAB handing over the ANSI certificate to Paul G Witt, VP – North America, SISA.

“The CPISI, CPISI-Advanced, and CPISI-Developers certifications, designed to satisfy the rigorous demands of payment Industry security in our digitized age, encompass all payment form factors and adhere to the most relevant standards, regulations, and best practices. Our objective with these ANAB-accredited programs is to address the pressing skill gap in the industry head-on,” said Dharshan Shanthamurthy, Founder and CEO of SISA. “This prestigious accreditation will empower organizations to recruit and promote professionals with internationally recognized credentials, reinforcing their ability to safeguard the integrity of digital payment ecosystems.”

The value of SISA’s ANAB-accredited certification programs is two-fold, providing significant benefits for both candidates and employers within the realm of cybersecurity and digital payments. For employers, it provides reassurance in the hiring process and guarantees that the certified professionals they are hiring possess the skills and knowledge necessary to safeguard their digital payment systems and sensitive data from evolving threats.

“We are thrilled to have received accreditation from ANAB, a respected body recognized for setting high-quality standards,” Abhishek Shukla, Director, SISA Institute. “This recognition reaffirms our commitment to providing top-notch education and training for payment Industry security professionals. With this, we hope to help mitigate the talent shortage in the cybersecurity industry, especially within the payments sector.”

On the other hand, for individuals, SISA’s ANAB-accredited certification programs provide a robust and recognized pathway to advancement within the field of cybersecurity. The certifications act as a valuable addition to their professional portfolio, substantially enhancing their marketability and employability in a competitive job market. Beyond just a proof of technical competence, these certifications also validate an individual’s understanding of industry standards, regulatory requirements, and best practices in digital payment security.

ANAB vice president of credentialing, Dr. Vijay Krishna, highlighted the strategic importance of SISA’s recent accomplishment, stating “ANAB accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024:2012 requires a certification body to demonstrate that their certification examination is fair, valid, and reliable. The standard also requires the certification body to be structured in a manner that assures impartiality, independence, transparency, accountability, and a balanced representation of stakeholders, among other requirements. Certifications offered by ANAB-accredited certification bodies are industry recognized and portable, offering advantages that include career advancement, better job performance, and practitioner credibility.”

In essence, SISA’s ANAB-accredited certification programs not only fuel the professional growth of aspiring cybersecurity experts but also fortify organizations’ defenses in a rapidly evolving digital payment landscape. They provide a concrete platform for individuals to excel and for businesses to foster a competent and secure operational environment.

About SISA

SISA is a global forensics-driven cybersecurity solutions company, trusted by leading organizations for securing their businesses with robust preventive, detective, and corrective cybersecurity solutions. Our problem-first, human-centric approach helps businesses strengthen their cybersecurity posture. We apply the power of forensic intelligence and advanced technology to offer true security to 2,000+ customers in 40+ countries.

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About ANAB

ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) is a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and has signed the ILAC and IAF multilateral recognition agreements. The ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024 accreditation holds international relevance as it is a global standard. As a result, accredited programs like SISA’s CPISI, CPISI-A, and CPISI-D gain global significance and IAF acceptance, improving their standing across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. The ANAB accreditation ensures that the certification program was designed and will be maintained to stringent criteria for existing and future certification holders.

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