The PCI Security Standards Council, tasked with managing the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), on Friday announced a new training program designed to educate internal security personnel on conducting assessments. The three-day course, to be led by PCI Council experts, either will enable security departments to better work with with third-party assessors or allow them to conduct their own assessments, Bob Russo, the council's general manager, told Merchants that process more that six million annual transactions are required to conduct annual on-site PCI DSS assessments. Classes will be held in multiple locations. For more information, including pricing, visit here. — DK