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The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council says that before the end of September it will launch a database of consultants registered as qualified security assessors, who help merchants determine weakness in their payment systems. The council's Web site currently lists only the company names of assessors, says Troy Leach, the Wakefield, Mass.-based council's technical director. The new database will prove useful for merchants who have just an assessor's name and want to verify registration as a qualified security assessor, he says.

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