Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is PFI - PCI Forensic Investigator?

PCI forensic investigators (PFIs) help uncover cardholder data compromise and when and how it may have occurred.


These individuals are qualified and vetted by the council’s program and must work for a Qualified Security Assessor Company (QSAC) that offers a dedicated forensic investigation practice. They perform investigations within the financial industry using proven investigative methodologies and tools, and maintain relationships with law enforcement to support stakeholders with any resulting criminal investigations.

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