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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a proprietary information security standard for organizations that handle branded credit cards from the major card brands including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB. Private label cards – those without a logo from a major card brand – are not included in the scope of the PCI DSS.
The PCI Standard is mandated by the card brands and administered by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, the standard was created to increase controls around cardholder data to reduce credit card fraud via its exposure. Validation of compliance is performed annually, either by an external Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) that creates a Report on Compliance (ROC)
|PCI DSS Requirements
|Build and Maintain a Secure Network
|1. Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data
|2. Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters
|Protect Cardholder Data
|3. Protect stored cardholder data
|4. Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
|Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
|5. Use and regularly update anti-virus software on all systems commonly affected by malware
|6. Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
|Implement Strong Access Control Measures
|7. Restrict access to cardholder data by business need-to-know
|8. Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access
|9. Restrict physical access to cardholder data
|Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
|10. Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
|11. Regularly test security systems and processes
|Maintain an Information Security Policy
|12. Maintain a policy that addresses information security
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