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PCI Compliance Scam? You Tell Me...

July 25, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

These sorts of actions by organizations just add fuel to the fire for critics to use as another argument as to why the PCI compliance programs are pointless and organizations should not bother with complying with any of the PCI standards...

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Some Opinions On PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaires

July 12, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

Since there are multiple ways to conduct a transaction, no single SAQ will cover all of these transaction methods. And since an organization is only supposed to fill out and submit one SAQ to their acquiring bank, the question becomes, which SAQ should the organization use?

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PCI SSC Nixes Certification for Mobile Payments Apps

June 30, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

"Until such time that it has completed a comprehensive examination of the mobile communications device and payment application landscape, the Council will not approve mobile payment applications used by merchants to accept and process payment as validated PA-DSS applications..."

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PCI SSC Releases Virtualization Guidelines

June 25, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

If I had to take the PCI SSC to task, I would argue that cloud computing does not have anything to do with virtualization. Yes, a lot of cloud computing solution providers are using virtualized systems to provide their services, but not every cloud provider uses virtualization...

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PCI DSS in the Cloud... From the PCI Council

June 23, 2011 Added by:Anton Chuvakin

The long-awaited PCI Council guidance on virtualization has been released. This guidance does not focus on cloud computing, but contains more than a few mentions, all of them pretty generic. Here are some of the highlights and my thoughts on them...

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Thoughts on Trustwave's 2011 Global Security Report

June 22, 2011 Added by:Robb Reck

We bring in these third party vendors because we trust that they have all the experience and knowledge with a given security product. But they are missing a critical piece: Experience with our systems. No technology solution is complete and ideal for every environment out of the box...

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VoIP and PCI Compliance

June 15, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

When you start talking to security people about VoIP security, their knee-jerk response is to tell you that VoIP is secured by the corporate firewall. However, given that the VoIP protocols are stateless, even being behind a firewall really does not provide any protection...

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Onsite Personnel "Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges" for PCI

May 30, 2011 Added by:Joe Schorr

To truly improve their security posture, companies should create (and enforce) a mandatory ID Badge policy for visitors and employees. An effective policy coupled with good security awareness training will go a long way to closing up this particular gap in PCI-DSS 2.0...

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E2E Encryption and Doctored Credit Card Terminals

May 26, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

End-to-end encryption just moves the attack points, in this case out to the terminal at the merchant’s location. Worse yet, it also makes security of the merchant’s endpoint even more difficult than it already is because the techniques used in doctoring terminals can easily go unnoticed...

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Mobile Network Operators Lack PCI DSS Compliance

May 25, 2011 Added by:Headlines

“The survey shows that there is clearly room for improvement by the mobile operator community in addressing PCI DSS compliance, and it is critical that operators not yet compliant take appropriate measures to ensure the security of their customer’s sensitive cardholder data..."

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PCI DSS eCommerce Questions Answered

May 20, 2011 Added by:Anton Chuvakin

All data is potentially under risk – but payment card data - and now ACH credentials - are easier to profit from if you are a criminal. Many companies use PCI DSS to learn about security and then expand their knowledge to protect other kinds of data, beyond the card numbers.,,

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Draft PCI DSS v2.0 “Scorecard” Released

May 18, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

The biggest change I have found thus far is the removal of the requirement to observe network traffic as the Network Monitoring column is gone. Prior to this point, QSAs were required to obtain network traffic via WireShark or similar tool to prove that network traffic is encrypted...

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PCI QSA Re-Certification – 2011 Edition

May 10, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

Regardless of whether or not software is PA-DSS certified, the bottom line is that a QSA is going to be required to assess the application for compliance with the PCI DSS and will have more work effort if the software is not PA-DSS certified...

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On the Sony PSN Breach and Commenting

May 10, 2011 Added by:Anton Chuvakin

Most likely, Sony was validated as PCI DSS compliant at some point. Was there a QSA involved? I don’t know, but I’d guess they are comprised of multiple Level 2 (and below) merchants, not one Sony-wide Level 1. Thus they self-assessed via SAQ...

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PCI Security Compliance Q and A with Anton Chuvakin pt2

April 26, 2011 Added by:Anton Chuvakin

Perception of electronic and digital risks does not come naturally to people – and IT managers and directors are people too. So many organizations will severely underestimate computer risks and, sadly some would pay with their very existence for this mistake...

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PCI Security Compliance: Q and A with Anton Chuvakin

April 22, 2011 Added by:Anton Chuvakin

PCI DSS and other PCI standards were intended as a baseline set of security practices, not as a comprehensive, upper limit on security. For various reasons, it is hard for many organizations to understand that. What results is a false sense of security and a mistaken sense of betrayal...

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