November 9, 2009, 12:00 AM

Payment security expert David Taylor dies

Taylor founded the PCI Knowledge Base, an online hub for sharing best practices related to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. He also helped found the PCI Alliance and was a former vice president of data security company Protegrity.

Zak Stambor

Managing Editor

David Taylor, founder of the PCI Knowledge Base and a well-known expert in e-commerce payment security, died suddenly late last month. He was 57.

Taylor, a PCI consultant in recent years, established the PCI Knowledge Base in January 2008 as an online hub where retailers, banks, processors, consultants and others could share best practices related to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. The online community has 3,000 registered members.

“David was a noted subject expert within the payment industry and took up the difficult task to help facilitate much-need dialogue regarding PCI DSS,” says Michael Petitti, chief marketing officer at information security firm Trustwave. “Through his PCI Knowledge Base, he not only helped educate the industry, but he became a friend to many people. He will be missed.”

Taylor previously was a vice president of data security company Protegrity, and helped found the PCI Alliance in 2006. He also had been chief research officer at The Info Pro, a research firm, and spent 14 years as an analyst at research and consulting firm Gartner, where he established the Electronic Commerce Strategies research service in 1988.

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