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Making Technology Work for You.


(Not the other way around.)

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Making Technology Work for You.


(Not the other way around.)

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Payments


Payment technology is complex, and requires knowledge of security and compliance frameworks.  Diverge will help you eliminate the guesswork for your next project.

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Payments


Payment technology is complex, and requires knowledge of security and compliance frameworks.  Diverge will help you eliminate the guesswork for your next project.

PCI Compliance /Payment Security

Fortune 500 companies count on us to get it right.  Implementing and maintaining secure networks, payment applications, payment devices, policies, and vendor relationships does not happen by accident.  Allow us to work with your team to formulate a directed approach that includes full PCI-compliance, optimal payment security, peak efficiency, and minimized cost.

Payment Application Development

Trust your software development project to proven experts.  Diverge has spent two decades managing software development, and specializes in developing secure, reliable, scalable applications for e-commerce, customer relationship management, and third-party integrations.  Contact us for a custom bid.

Payment innovation & leaderSHIP

PCI-P2PE Trailblazer

In his role at Bluefin Payment Systems, Sam had the privilege of being part of the team that built and released the first PCI validated point-to-point encryption solution in North America.  Sam's role included writing much of the cryptographic policy documentation, overseeing key management and policy compliance, and operating in strategic role to help architect and launch the world's first PCI-validated P2PE 2.0 decryption-as-a-service (DaaS) "virtual HSM" solution.

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PCI Liaison

Somewhere between internal distractions and your auditor's idealism is the optimal mix of security, risk-management, and efficient business operations.  Sam is not an assessor, but a certified PCI Professional (PCIP), allowing him to operate in a unique position as both liaison to your QSA, as well as a surrogate team member to assist with the design of effective solutions for secure payment processing.  Other services include drafting policy documentation, penetration testing, network design, and in general demystifying the world of PCI compliance.

Payments Architect

Since 2006, when Diverge built the first-of-its-kind SaaS mobile EBT acceptance system on the Ingenico i7910 platform, we have never stopped innovating.  Sam's recent product work includes a jQuery-driven e-Commerce API, and the world's first PCI-P2PE/EMV semi-integrated/standalone countertop terminal for retail and small businesses (including signature capture and printer).   Roles included drafting business requirements, conducting vendor analysis, running RFPs, document writing, product management, and QA.

Integration Specialist

Designing, building, or testing a payment solution requires understanding of the underlying software/hardware architecture, but also the impact of data flows on PCI compliance, EMV certification, and card brand compliance. We have worked with numerous software companies to architect payment solutions for security, compliance, and cost-effectiveness.  Whether as the application architect, PCI consultant, business analyst, or project manager, we know how to navigate the pitfalls to ensure timely and on-budget project delivery.

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Consultation


Contact Diverge for a complimentary consultation.

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Consultation


Contact Diverge for a complimentary consultation.

 

phone / Video Consult

Set up a free 30 minute consult to discuss your needs, and how Diverge can assist.  Click here to schedule online.

 

 

On-Site / Project  Engagements

Prefer to meet face-to-face?  Contact us for our fee schedule, travel schedule, and no-obligation project review.

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Call (918) 986-3440 to speak with us today.

 

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About Diverge


Live to Serve People; Love to Solve Problems

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About Diverge


Live to Serve People; Love to Solve Problems

  • An avid distance runner, Sam recently ran two marathons back-to-back in a single weekend!
     
  • Sam is celebrating 19 years of marriage this year to his beautiful wife, Melinda, and enjoys playing soccer and volleyball with his three children (16, 15, and 12).

SAM PFANSTIEL, MBA

PRINCIPAL, FOUNDER

Sam has been a student of innovation, technology, and human behavior since grade school. Once, in middle school, he programmed the library computer to look like he had hacked into the school's grading system and could change student grades -- leading to a short-lived brush with peer popularity.

Over the past two decades, Sam has held CIO and IT leadership roles with five organizations, and managed over 1,000 distinct technology projects.  Sam founded Diverge in 2004 in Broken Arrow, OK.

Sam is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in IT Management with his dissertation to validate a model for forecasting and benchmarking merchant PCI compliance costs.  When complete, he will be able to truthfully say he "wrote the book on the cost of PCI compliance".

Sam is currently engaged as a full-time Director of Solution Architecture with Coalfire Systems, Inc., and no longer taking private consulting engagements.  However, if you need me to speak at your event or require assistance with your system security and compliance, I would be happy to assist you in my capacity with Coalfire.

PCI Professional (PCIP)

PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)

Certified Payment Professional (CPP)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) (pending)

Serial Entrepreneur

Business Analyst

IT Project Manager

Solutions Architect

Ethical Hacker