Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the PCI Security Standards Council 2018 Middle East and Africa Forum?

Participating Organizations (POs), Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), Approved Scanning Vendors (ASVs), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) group members, (PCIPs) PCI Professionals, Payment Application QSAs (PA QSAs), Internal Security Assessors (ISA), Qualified Integrators and Resellers (QIR) and Point to Point Encryption Assessors (P2PE) – or anyone interested in becoming a Participating Organization or learning more about our programs.


Where is the 2018 Middle East and Africa Forum going to be located?

The forum will be held at the following venue:

The Westin Cape Town

Convention Square

Lower Long Street

Cape Town, 8000

South Africa


What are the room rates for the room block at this meeting?

Please view the location page of the website.


What is the registration fee for the 2018 Middle East and Africa Forum?

Registration is complimentary. There is no charge to attend this event.


What does my registration include?

Your registration includes admission to the forum sessions, access to speaker presentations and papers, access to the Vendor Showcase, daily meals, and admittance to the Networking Reception.


Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?

For registrations made online, confirmation of registration will be immediately sent via email.  Please e-mail [email protected] or call +1 (781) 876-6295 if you have not received your confirmation within 24 hours.


May I register onsite for this meeting?

Yes, you may register onsite at the meeting. We strongly encourage you to register in advance so that you will have a speedier check-in when you arrive at the meeting.


Where do I go when I get to The Westin Cape Town? Where is the event held?

The forum will mainly be held in the Grand Ballroom. Signs will be clearly posted in the hotel. Please refer to your program guide once onsite for the complete agenda with room assignments.


I have registered for the meeting but would like to make changes to my name on my badge. How do I do this?

You may substitute another person from the Company if you are unable to attend. Substitutions in accordance with this policy may be submitted by calling +1 (781) 876-6295 or email [email protected].


What is the “official” language of the meeting?

The forum presentations and hand-outs will be in English.


What is the dress code for the forum?

Business casual attire is appropriate for all sessions and the reception.


Will I have Internet Access while at the meeting?

Yes, there will be complimentary wireless internet access in the conference area and guest rooms. The access code for this secured wireless network in the meeting space will be included in your registration materials.


May I tweet, blog or use other social media outlets before, during and after the meeting to discuss topics announced at the meeting?

The forum is a unique annual opportunity to meet face-to-face with your peers. It is a chance to share views, give feedback, network and discuss new developments in person. Use of social media tools at forums to discuss and share non-confidential information is welcome.

However, in order to keep these valuable face-to-face discussions moving along, we kindly request that if you wish to use social media, you do so in a manner that does not distract from the goals of the meetings. Additionally, if you choose to use social media to report on your experience at forums, please do not publish confidential details of specific discussions or disclose any information about any company’s security position or compliance status.

The Council will be sharing updates via Twitter @PCISSC and the #PCICM hashtag and encourages the use of #PCICM for related posts.


Tell me more about the Networking Reception.

On Wednesday, the Council invites you to relax after an informative day during an evening Networking Reception with refreshments. The Networking Reception will take place in the foyer in the Vendor Showcase on Wednesday, 14 March.


Will there be vegetarian or other dietary meal options at the Forum?

Yes. Vegetarian and other special dietary needs (such as kosher, gluten-free, etc.) can be made available upon request; please contact [email protected] in advance with your request.


Will I be able to store my luggage at the forum Registration Desk after I check out from the hotel?

PCI SSC is unable to store luggage for you.  If you are checking out of the hotel prior to your departure time from the conference, please store your luggage with the hotel bell staff.


What is the weather like in Cape Town for the month of March?

The weather during the forum will be about 70° F/21° C.


Where may I obtain information about the Cape Town airport and transportation options to the hotel?

Please view the location page of the website.


What are the driving directions to the hotel?

Please view the location page of the website.


I am traveling from overseas; do I require a passport/visa to travel to Cape Town?

For information on passport/visa requirements for entry into Cape Town, visit

Should you need to apply for a visa, please send an email request to [email protected], and we will send you a letter of invitation to support your application. However, you must contact us as soon as possible with your request.


What is the tipping custom in Cape Town?

For information on tipping customs, please click here.


How many Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits do I earn by attending the  forum?

Ten (10) CPE hours