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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What Good is PCI-DSS?

May 02, 2012 Added by:david barton

Credit card processors have valuable information that bad guys would love to get their hands on. So processors are the Fort Knox of the modern world. When bad guys are motivated, no amount of security can keep them out. Does that mean PCI-DSS standards are worthless?

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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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When Will PCI SSC Stop the Mobile Payment Insanity?

April 10, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

The merchant is left to their own devices to know whether any of these mobile payment processing solutions can be trusted. I am fearful that small merchants, who are the marketing target of these solutions, will be put out of business should the device somehow be compromised...

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Financial Institutions – Your Time is Coming

April 04, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

Most financial institutions purchase their software applications from third party development firms. With all of the regulatory changes going on in the financial institution industry, these software firms have been focused on those regulatory changes and not PCI compliance...

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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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Incident Response and PCI Compliance

March 25, 2012 Added by:Chris Kimmel

One question you should be asking your penetration testing company is, “Do you also test my incident response?” This is an important piece of PCI compliance. As stated by section 12.9 of the PCI DSS v2, a company must implement an IRP and be prepared to respond to an incident...

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Data Classification and Controls Policy for PCI DSS

March 01, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman

The first step in protecting customer data is to know what sensitive data you store, classify what you have and set up the appropriate controls. Here is a policy for any merchant or payment processor who wants to achieve and sustain PCI DSS 2.0 compliance and protect data...

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Compliance in the Digital Era: Watch Out for the Third Party

February 24, 2012 Added by:Neira Jones

It is crucial that businesses understand which controls are needed to maintain the security of their information assets and it is therefore crucial that suppliers are assessed against the business regulatory and compliance framework...

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Why The Push For EMV Adoption In The United States?

February 20, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

What is Visa USA trying to prove with this push of EMV? Apparently only Visa USA can tell us because, for the rest of us, there are no business cases we can construct to justify the switch to EMV. Obviously, Visa USA knows something that the rest of us do not. Or do they?

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Incident Response: Have You Got a Plan?

February 06, 2012 Added by:Neira Jones

We should always aim to reduce the frequency of security incidents by effectively securing networks, systems, applications and have the appropriate policies and processes in place, and the NIST report helps in providing guidelines on responding to incidents effectively...

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Google Wallet and PCI Compliance

January 30, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

Hackers could decrypt the PAN given the high likelihood that the PIN to decrypt the PAN could be derived from information on a smartphone. The nightmare scenario would be development of malware delivered through the smartphone’s application store that harvests the PII...

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Restaurant Challenges US Bank and PCI DSS after Seizure of Funds

January 26, 2012 Added by:Andrew Weidenhamer

"The PCI system is less a system for securing customer card data than a system for raking in profits for the card companies via fines and penalties. Visa and MasterCard impose fines on merchants even when there is no fraud loss at all, simply because the fines are profitable...”

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Standards, Audits, and Certifications: Which One is Right?

January 10, 2012 Added by:Jon Long

Many are confused about when to use ISO 27001 certification, PCI certification, SOC 1 (aka SSAE16), SOC 2 & 3, NIST, and CSA STAR. If the information security community cannot decide which one to standardize on, how can customers be expected to know what to do?

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On Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Tests

January 10, 2012 Added by:Drayton Graham

Simply put, a Vulnerability Assessment is a piece of code that will identify and report on known vulnerabilities, but a scanner will likely run into false positives. A Penetration Test goes a step further in that a human exploits vulnerabilities, but false positives do not exist...

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The MPLS Privacy Debate Continues

December 21, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

Given that at some point MPLS traffic has to technically co-mingle with other customers’ network traffic, how can the PCI SSC claim that MPLS is private? The answer is a bit disconcerting to some, but for those of us with an understanding of the engineering issues, it was expected...

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