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Third Party Service Providers and PCI Compliance

September 25, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

If a third party is providing your organization a service that has access to your cardholder data environment (CDE) or the third party could come into contact you’re your cardholder data (CHD), then that third party must ensure that the service complies with all relevant PCI requirements...

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PA-DSS Validation Clarification

August 09, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

The PA-DSS has a procedure that the PA-QSA can follow to determine that version changes have not affected cardholder data processing and the application’s PA-DSS validation. Without that validation, as a QSA, our hands are tied and we must conduct a full assessment of the application under the PCI DSS...

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Call Centers and PCI Compliance

June 28, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

In a call center environment where operators are taking orders over the phone and accepting credit/debit cards for payment, until the card transaction is either approved or declined, we are talking pre-authorization data. Only cardholder data after authorization or decline is covered by the PCI DSS...

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More on PCI Scoping

June 22, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

“At least annually and prior to the annual assessment, the assessed entity should confirm the accuracy of their PCI DSS scope by identifying all locations and flows of cardholder data and ensuring they are included in the PCI DSS scope"...

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The Failure Of PCI?

June 13, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

The biggest problem with PCI DSS standards comes down to the fact that humans are averse to being measured or assessed. Why? It makes people responsible and accountable for what they do, and few people want that sort of accountability – we all much prefer wiggle room in how our jobs are assessed...

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PCI’s Money Making Cash Cow Not So Good for the Industry

June 07, 2012 Added by:Andrew Weidenhamer

The level of scrutiny the PCI DSS has been subject to the last couple of years has been bad enough to accentuate it with the advent of the ISA program. The false sense of confidence the ISA program gives individuals is insanely bad for the industry. Like any other certification, the test isn’t difficult..

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A Reason Why the PCI Standards Get No Respect

May 11, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

The PCI SSC only requires its assessors document the services they provide in their assessment reports. While that offers a certain amount of transparency, when you read some of these ROCs, it becomes painfully obvious that some QSACs are assessing their own security services...

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Another Year, Another QSA Re-Certification

April 26, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

There is a lot of discussion on network segmentation, and this year’s presentation material indicates there are apparently still a lot of QSAs that do not understand the concept of network segmentation and what constitutes good segmentation from poor segmentation...

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Pain Comes Immediately – Secure Development Takes Time

April 17, 2012 Added by:Alexander Rothacker

Once a patch to a vulnerability is released, the vendor should give as much guidance as possible to its customer base so that they can make an informed decision on how to mitigate — may it be a workaround, such as disabling some functionality, configuring compensating controls...

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On PCI DSS Compliance Certificates

March 28, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

All of you processors and acquiring banks that think the only proof of PCI compliance is some mystical PCI DSS Compliance Certificate, stop demanding them. They do not exist and never have. The document you need for proof of PCI compliance is the Attestation Of Compliance, period...

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PCI: When a Breach is Not a Breach

March 08, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

The lawsuit points out a disconcerting issue with a cardholder data breach: Any incident investigation initiated by the card brands under the PCI standards is going to focus on PCI compliance and not on whether or not the breach actually occurred...

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Google Wallet and the Edge of PCI’s Regulatory Map

December 14, 2011 Added by:Ed Moyle

Folks might object to sensitive data being stored in cleartext within Google Wallet - I sure do - but the problem isn't so much Google Wallet but instead the fact that mobile devices are blurring the lines between what's a payment application and what's not...

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PCI DSS Risk SIG Announced: Results Will Be Interesting

December 12, 2011 Added by:Andrew Weidenhamer

The one that I am most interested in seeing is the results of is the Risk Assessment SIG. Although IT Risk Assessments has been a term that has been used for decades now, they are still rarely performed and almost always poorly when they are in regard to effectively considering threats...

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Decrypting QSA Qualifications in a Diluted Market Place

November 21, 2011 Added by:Andrew Weidenhamer

One of the biggest challenges is how to determine which 3rd party QSA company to use. With 120+ QSA companies certified to perform On-Site Assessments in the USA, there is not an easy answer, unless of course price is the only consideration. Unfortunately, sometimes this is the case...

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Welcome to the PCI Prioritization Approach

October 27, 2011 Added by:David Sopata

Organizations often start implementing security controls on all of their systems throughout the company without really knowing what systems should be in scope or which systems should not be in scope for PCI. Hence, the PCI DSS Prioritization Document and Tool was developed...

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The Holy Grail and the PA-DSS Implementation Guide

October 04, 2011 Added by:Andrew Weidenhamer

As a QSA it is very frustrating to walk in, ask the merchant for the PA-DSS Implementation Guide, and receive a glazed over eye look. It's even more frustrating when you then ask the Vendor/Reseller for the Implementation Guide and they look at you as if you have three heads....

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