PCI DSS: Testing Controls and Gathering Evidence

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PCI DSS: Testing Controls and Gathering Evidence Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is not easy to achieve. Quite the opposite, in fact: A 2017 Verizon report stated that 80 percent of companies fail their PCI DSS assessments, and only 29 percent of those that pass are still compliant after one year. PCI DSS compliance, like information security as a whole, is not a one-and-done process but ongoing. To succeed, your enterprise must be vigilant. And comply you must, if your organization wants to do business. Penalties for non-compliance can be high—even crippling— but never fear. With planning and preparation, you can obtain that coveted Report on Compliance (ROC) or Attestation of Compliance (AOC) with relative…

Understanding the PCI Levels of Compliance

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Understanding the PCI Levels of Compliance While every merchant and service provider that processes, stores, or transmits credit card data must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), not all must travel the same path to PCI compliance. The amount of risk an organization faces depends on a variety of factors. Recognizing these differences, the PCI Security Standards Council developed four compliance levels for merchants and two for service providers. The level an enterprise belongs depends upon:     How many credit card transactions it processes in a year, and      Whether it has suffered a breach or cyberattack resulting in compromise of credit card or cardholder data. The entities with the most stringent and…

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What Is a PCI Audit?

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What is a PCI Audit? A PCI audit examines the security of your organization’s credit-card processing system from beginning to end.  During this process, a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) or your own Internal Security Assessor will determine the effectiveness of your organization’s information security controls. To pass the test, your payment network must meet as many as 281 criteria spelled out in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, or PCI DSS, with which all merchants and their service providers must comply. To demonstrate PCI compliance, your organization must do one of two things:     Have an on-site audit by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) or Internal Security Assessor, or     Fill out a PCI DSS self-assessment questionnaire,…

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How To Minimize The Scope of Your PCI DSS Audit

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Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and its 281 directives can be a time-consuming hassle. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize your PCI DSS scope, saving time and resources for your organization and auditor, and ratcheting down your stress levels. Larger organizations—those processing more than 1 million credit-card transactions annually—may need two years to reach initial PCI DSS compliance. Then, to stay compliant, they often must expend ample resources monitoring their systems and security and keeping it all up to date. For those who fail, the penalties can be crippling. Even smaller merchants and internet service providers (ISP) may require a year’s work to reach PCI compliance. That’s because this data security framework, mandatory for…

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Applying Big Data to Risk Management

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The era of Big Data is here. Information now exceeds fantastic proportions, globally measured in zettabytes (each zettabyte is a billion terabytes) and growing at an exponential rate that defies comprehension. According to the IDC, global data is expected to grow from 23 Zettabytes (ZB) in 2017 to 175 ZB by 2025. And depending on your industry and specific organization, you likely have plentiful external and internal data sources readily available for mining, applying predictive analytics and creating viable projections. Leveraging data allows companies the ability to improve income streams, more effectively direct operations and enhance the customer experience. Overall your organizational health improves dramatically when data is accurately assessed. But big data also is a powerful – and vital–tool…

How to Manage Technological Risks?

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In all sectors, technology has become a vital aspect of operations and has transformed the workplace, but that dependence on technologies also poses a threat to organizational wellbeing. Data breaches, system failures, malicious attacks–as well as natural disasters that impact technologies–can wreak havoc on company reputations, regulatory compliance and fiscal health. In some cases, the damage from these events is irreversible or long-term. A proactive strategy to mitigate tech risks are foundational aspects of operations. Your company needs such a plan that prevents, responds and continuously monitors for these risks. Monitoring and Managing Risks in Technology The adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is entirely applicable to monitoring and managing tech risks. A whole-organization system…