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Credit card and financial fraud are on the rise in the modern world, and agencies have responded in kind with expanded regulations. One of the most widely-recognized of these regulations is PCI-DSS. This set of regulations was put in place to help reduce fraud, specifically by protecting customer credit card information.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard- (PCI-DSS)

  • The PCI-DSS defines the uniform procedure when implementing security requirements for secure storage and management of credit card data.
  • The PCI data protection standards summarize the testing requirements of the programs operated by VISA (Account Information Security - AIS) and MasterCard (Site Data Protection - SDP).

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What is PCIDSS ?

  • The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, more commonly known by its acronym, PCI DSS, is a globally recognized set of guidelines.

  • Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, or PCI SSC, this standard is requirements for the majority of businesses today, as most handles or interact with credit card data and other sensitive customer information.

  • PCI DSS compliance primarily entails maintaining a secure data network, regularly monitoring networks and implementing security controls, among other rules. Though these rules may seem simple, they can be difficult to maintain in combination with other security measures.

  • However, failure to comply can result in steep penalties and fines. In short, PCI DSS compliance is essential for any organization handling credit card information.

Where do we help you with PCI:DSS?

  • Network Monitoring : PCI DSS requires your organization to identify and monitor all systems that come in contact with credit card data. For many businesses, this comprises a large chunk of business systems. Briskinfosec integrates with and monitors all your network systems, providing comprehensive PCI compliance security monitoring.
  • Vulnerability Assessment : PCI DSS includes a mandate that all security systems are analyzed for vulnerabilities on a regular basis. Briskinfosec provides real-time analysis and vulnerability assessments, so your IT department can handle them as soon as they are identified.
  • Event Correlation :Event correlation software both captures user activities and correlates events in your system, spotting patterns in authentication attempts and behaviors to spot threatening or unusual behavior. The Briskinfosec systems even prioritize threats and filter out false positives to help your team focus on the most pressing problems.
  • Intrusion Detection : Monitoring traffic in your system is essential to your organization’s security, and identifying intrusions and attacks is even more essential. Briskinfosec immediately identifies intrusions, allowing your users instant visibility to combat the threat in real time.
  • Log Management :PCI DSS event log management and storage is the basis of SIEMStorm, LOG Storm and CYBER Shark, automatically collecting logs about events in your system as they happen. By collecting these logs, along with all applicable peripheral data, your team has all the material they need to investigate and report on events thoroughly.
  • Reporting :Reporting is an essential part of PCI-DSS compliance for regulated businesses, as the regulations require businesses to report on breaches as soon as possible after an event occurs. LOG Storm includes a set of reporting packs, including PCI-DSS reporting packs, to help your organization respond as quickly as possible after an event, so you can focus on mitigating the damage.

All these features are provided through a secure cloud network, so your business can get the speed it needs without the expensive hardware.

Benefits of PCIDSS Compliance

  • Compliance with the PCI DSS means that your systems are “secure”, and customers can trust you with their sensitive payment card information:
    • Trust means your customers have confidence in doing business with you – Confident customers are more likely to be repeat customers, and to recommend you to others.
    • Implementation of PCI DSS controls protects sensitive data, reduces the risk of compromise, and helps maintain your corporate reputation
  • Compliance improves your reputation with acquirers and payment brands
    • These are the partners you need in order to do business
  • Compliance has indirect benefits as well:
    • Through your efforts to comply with PCI Security Standards, you’ll likely be better prepared to comply with other regulations as they come along, such as HIPAA, SOX, etc.
    • The PCI DSS can help form the basis for a corporate security strategy – Assets and processes developed for PCI Compliance can be leveraged generally across the organization as information security best practices
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A Holistic Approach - when it comes to PCI compliance.

Organizations that have the most successful compliance programs eschew this attitude. Instead, they adopt an active approach to compliance.

Policy Component

Policies form the core of any well-designed information security program. They both designate information security responsibilities and provide staff with the appropriate authority to implement controls.

Organizations seeking to become PCI-compliant may wish to start by creating a set of information security policies that meet the specifications of PCI DSS Requirement 12 and outline the organization’s overall approach to information security.

Policy development should include a review of each of the major elements of security:
  • Data security :Testing, identity and access management, antivirus software and password security requirements
  • Network security :Firewall and network device management, remote-access provisions and encryption standards
  • Physical security :Access procedures, inventory mechanisms, visitor controls, video surveillance and data destruction requirements
  • Personnel security :User education and training, background checks and design of proper workflows to protect cardholder information IT teams can use this policy framework to build out an appropriate set of information security controls.

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How Briskinfosec can help you, to become a PCI DSS Compliant?

Though PCI-DSS compliance is a requirement for all businesses that handle sensitive digital information, it can be difficult to maintain, particularly for businesses without dedicated resources. Briskinfosec can help with PCI DSS compliant event logging systems.

  • Briskinfosec can help you meet PCI DSS compliance by:
    • Conducting risk assessments
    • Helping you to understand your obligations
    • Putting in place robust precautions to safely preserve the integrity of personal and financial data
    • Conducting penetration testing
    • Scanning for vulnerabilities
    • Fixing identified vulnerabilities
    • Conducting endpoint monitoring
    • Managing your cyber incident response

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  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI- DSS)
    • It is a security standard, which is mandated by Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council to reduce credit card frauds. This compliance goes through a validation on an annual or quarterly basis. Following the validation, a report is created based on the volume of transactions of the organization


What is PCI validation?

Who is required to become PCI-compliant?

Any organizations that accept, process, store or transmit payment card information are required to comply with the PCI DSS.

Is PCI compliance required by law?

The government does not regulate PCI*; however, when you signed your payment card contract—confirming your desire to accept credit and debit cards at your business—you agreed to follow card brand rules. If you choose to accept Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express or Discover, you must comply with the PCI DSS.

What happens if I don't become PCI-compliant?

If you are not PCI compliant, you are more vulnerable to data compromise and may also be fined by merchant service providers and/or ISOs and the card brands for not validating PCI compliance.

I only process a few cards a year. Do I still need to be PCI-compliant?

Yes. Even if you only process one transaction per year, you must implement the PCI DSS in your processing environment.

What is required to become PCI-compliant?

Typical steps for merchants to become PCI DSS compliant include, but are not limited to:

Determining your PCI DSS validation type (this informs your requirements).

Addressing all requirements found in your Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) (e.g., external vulnerability scans, penetration tests, employee training).

Attesting to your compliance annually.

Completing and reporting quarterly results of all scans performed by an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV).

What is the most current version of the PCI DSS?

The PCI SCC recently released PCI DSS version 3.2.1. It replaces 3.2 to add clarification to existing requirements. PCI DSS version 3.2.1 goes into full effect .

Which Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) am I supposed to complete?

Ultimately, you must choose the SAQ that’s right for your processing environment, but generally speaking:

SAQ A is for e-commerce/mail/telephone-order (card-not-present) merchants that have fully outsourced all cardholder data functions. No electronic storage, processing or transmission of any cardholder data on the merchant’s systems or premises.

SAQ A-EP is for e-commerce-only merchants that use a third-party service provider to handle their card information, and who have a website that doesn’t handle card data, but could impact the security of the payment transaction. No electronic storage, processing or transmission of any cardholder data on the merchant’s systems or premises.

SAQ B is for merchants that use imprint machines and/or standalone, dial-out terminals, and have no electronic cardholder data storage. Not for e-commerce.

SAQ B-IP is for merchants using only standalone, PTS-approved payment terminals with an IP connection to the payment processor, and that have no electronic cardholder data storage. It's not for e-commerce.

SAQ C-VT is for merchants that use a virtual terminal on one computer dedicated solely to card processing. There is no electronic cardholder data storage. It's not for e-commerce.

SAQ C is for any merchant with a payment application connected to the Internet, but there is no electronic cardholder data storage.

SAQ D for Merchants is for merchants that DO store credit card data electronically.

What is a PCI compliance certificate?

Some QSA/ASV companies provide certificates confirming that an organization is PCI DSS compliant. An actual compliance certificate is not mandatory, and you don’t necessarily need a certificate to be PCI-compliant.

Am I PCI-compliant if my site has an SSL/TLS certificate?

Unfortunately, no. An SSL/TLS certificate is an important element in a secure website, but alone does not meet PCI DSS requirements.

Who enforces PCI compliance?

Generally speaking, merchant banks enforce PCI DSS compliance. The PCI SSC was formed in 2006 by the major card brands (e.g., Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International) to regulate, maintain, evolve and promote PCI DSS compliance.

What should I do if I think my business has been compromised?

Disconnect your system from the Internet, call SecurityMetrics or your services provider, and call a forensic investigator. PCI forensic investigators help you find and fix the security holes in your processing environment. They help you identify how and when attackers breached your systems, determine if card data was compromised, and document your efforts to remediate the vulnerabilities that led to the data breach for the card brands.

What is SecurityMetrics' role in PCI compliance?

Authorize.Net partnered with SecurityMetrics to help our merchants validate compliance and implement the PCI DSS. SecurityMetrics is an Approved Scanning Vendor and is certified to perform PCI scans, onsite PCI audits, payment application software audits, point-of-sale terminal security audits, penetration tests, and forensic analysis (to assess card data compromises).

What is SecurityMetrics' role in PCI compliance?

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI)

Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV)

Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)

Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA)

Point-to-Point Encryption Qualified Security Assessor (P2PE QSA)

HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)

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