PCI DSS, vCISO, Penetration Testing, Security Program

What is “Internal Penetration testing” for PCI DSS requirement 11.3

Introduction PCI DSS requires Internal, External Penetration testing, and Segmentation testing. But these terms are not crisply defined. In fact, “internal” is used elsewhere in the standard (for example internal vulnerability scanning) where it means something different.

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What Constitutes a Primary Function for PCI DSS?

PCI DSS requirement 2.2.1.a says “describe how system configurations verified that only one primary function per server is implemented.”

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Timely update of Risk Assessment and Incident Response for PCI DSS

The PCI DSS compliance model depends on risk assessment and mitigation. Several places in the Report on Compliance (ROC), that a QSA compiles, have questions about when the Risk Assessment, and its corollary, the Incident Response Plan, were last

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Watch those Vendor Application Change Release Notes like a Hawk!

At a client site recently I was watching a customer service rep as she performed her duties during a PCI DSS interview, and noticed that when she went to add a new payment method, a whole list of saved card numbers (redacted) showed up in the PAN

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Due Diligence for PCI DSS Vendor Selection

PCI DSS Requirement 12.8 dictates that any organization involved in payment card processing—including merchants, processors, acquirers, issuers, and service providers—must have policies and procedures in place to manage its service providers.

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PCI DSS - Are Mobile Applications In-scope?

Say you are interested in developing an application that runs on consumers’ devices and this application of yours will be used to accept payment card data. Perhaps, in this hypothetical reality, that you have no idea where your app’s obligations

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Your 7 Step PCI Compliance Checklist

The journey towards payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) compliance can seem daunting. While there are only a handful of top-level tasks to complete, there are dozens of sub-requirements and goals to meet for each, all of which may

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I never touch Cardholder Data. So PCI DSS does not apply to me - Right?

Payment cards have been around a long time, and nefarious schemes to take advantage of them have been around almost as long. Since most people do not read the legal agreements they sign up to, they are unaware of their real responsibilities towards

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The Best Ways to Maintain Your Organization's PCI DSS Documentation

Becoming compliant with payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) protocols can be a time-consuming process — but it’s a non-negotiable security standard required of merchants and other organizations that handle payments card data.

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5 Reasons a Qualified Security Assessor Should Validate Your PCI DSS

For businesses that store, process, and transmit cardholder data, you know that you must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) in order to process credit and debit transactions. 

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