Meet the Team!
Meet Christian! 👋
I’m Christian - I lead our Finance Team here and I’ve been at Vanta since April 2021. We’ve grown so much in nine months. It’s been a crazy and fun ride! Outside of work, I’m a huge sports fan - both love to play (on a softball team in SF) and watch (particularly Bay Area sports teams).
Tell us about your role at Vanta
I lead finance here at Vanta and was the first finance hire. We’re still early in defining what finance should be, but we now have a team of four. Our goal is to first build a foundation for our systems, processes, and people; then leverage that foundation to drive actionable insights for the business.
What made you realize this was the right career field for you?
I’m weirdly passionate about numbers. I also enjoy helping influence business decisions at a high level — seeing how the business is operating and helping move it in the right direction.
Why did you decide to choose Vanta over other companies?
Most importantly, the people and culture. Previously, I had been at the same company for seven years and leaving in the middle of Covid-19 was intimidating. A remote environment can be a challenge. I prioritized joining a team that had a welcoming culture and an incredible team around me that I both enjoy working with and that challenges me everyday. Vanta has struck that balance incredibly well. The mission and vision resonated and solved a deep pain point for a lot of customers. And, from a financially biased perspective, I wanted to see a business that was executing well on its goals, growing quickly, and had a promising trajectory.
Why are you excited about Vanta’s mission?
Security is such an important building block for all companies to be focused on and Vanta is in an amazing spot to level the playing field. Previously, there was a high barrier to entry that made it really difficult to be secure and (non-trivially) to prove that you’re secure. Vanta makes security accessible to help all companies big and small achieve important goals surrounding security and compliance.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Machu Picchu. It seems like an absolutely gorgeous mix of historical architecture and natural beauty. Maybe even see a llama (alpaca?) first hand.
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Determine Your PCI Compliance Level
If your organization processes, stores, or transmits cardholder data, you must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a global mandate created by major credit card companies. Compliance is mandatory for any business that accepts credit card payments.
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A SAQ A is required for Merchants that do not require the physical presence of a credit card (like an eCommerce, mail, or telephone purchase). This means that the Merchant’s business has fully outsourced all cardholder data processing to PCI DSS compliant third party Service Providers, with no electronic storage, processing, or transmission of any cardholder data on the Merchant’s system or premises.
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A SAQ A-EP is similar to a SAQ A, but is a requirement for Merchants that don't receive cardholder data, but control how cardholder data is redirected to a PCI DSS validated third-party payment processor.
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A SAQ D includes over 200 requirements and covers the entirety of PCI DSS compliance. If you are a Service Provider, a SAQ D is the only SAQ you’re eligible to complete.
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A Report on Compliance (ROC) is an annual assessment that determines your organization’s ability to protect cardholder data. If you’re a Merchant that processes over six million transactions annually or a Service Provider that processes more than 300,000 transactions annually, your organization is responsible for both a ROC and an Attestation of Compliance (AOC).
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