ASV Revalidation and the ’53 Yankees


There’s no better feeling than a five-peat.

October 30, 2017 • Published by


A record that still stands.

On October 5th, 1953, the New York Yankees became the only team in baseball history to win five championships in a row. Today I’m pleased to tell you that ControlScan has passed the PCI Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) revalidation test, also for the fifth consecutive year!

For those who may not have heard of this exam before, this is an annual revalidation that any company has to pass in order to remain listed as an ASV by the PCI Security Standards Council. It was especially tense this year, as a lot of our competitors have been put into remediation with the Council for having difficulties passing (they wind up taking the test multiple times in order to pass or get de-listed by the Council).

ASV revalidation is a team sport.

Much like that championship Yankees lineup, we also had some heavy hitters in place who worked long and hard to ensure that ControlScan seamlessly continues to serve its PCI partners and customers. Everyone working together as a team ensured that we knocked this ASV revalidation out of the park, passing on the first try in a year when we have seen many major ASVs go into remediation.

While going through revalidation every year is not what I would call a “fun” process, being able to complete it in one pass is always the goal. Being able to do so in a year where so many others are having issues is also nice, but getting the five-peat is like the icing on the cake!

Like any good baseball team, we brought the heat (in this case it might have been a Carolina Reaper with SecOps’s own Einstein for good mojo), and came away with a big win for ControlScan and our vulnerability management customers.

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