Payment Card Industry (PCI) – Recurring Requirements Require Attention!

April 28, 2020
There are certain items contained within the 12 PCI requirements that have to be performed based on defined frequencies. In my experience, companies sometimes struggle with adhering to some if not all of these items. There are a number of reasons that this might happen, whether it’s related to employee turnover, unfamiliarity with the items,...

Big Changes in Store for PCI DSS v4.0, and More!

September 20, 2019
This week I attended the PCI North American Community Meeting. If you are in the payment security space and haven’t been to a community meeting, I would recommend that you put this on your conference schedule. It’s great to connect with like-minded individuals, including card brands, banks, large customers, vendors, and yes, assessors – both internal (ISAs)...

PCI Requirements 101

September 12, 2019
Having completed several PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard) Reports on Compliance (RoCs) over the past couple of years, I have noticed a consistent pattern on the items needed for the 12 requirements. I have found that there are three basic components to most if not all PCI requirements: Documentation (Policies, Standards, and...
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How to Reduce PCI Compliance Anxiety

January 8, 2019
What type of emotions are created in you when you hear the term ‘PCI?’ Anxiety? Possibly fear? For some, it may be disgust. Most favorably, some may feel a sense confidence or enthusiasm. Ok, I agree that enthusiasm is rarely listed as an emotion felt when hearing the term ‘PCI,’ although there may be someone...
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PCI v3.2.1 is here!

May 18, 2018
Version 3.2.1 of the PCI DSS was just released by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI-SSC). As a minor version, it primarily included clarification updates and one correction to a requirement reference. Most of the changes center around the removal of the January 31st date, which expired this year. Appendix A2.1-A2.3 was updated to focus...
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How to Choose a PCI QSA

February 12, 2018
As of writing this article, there are currently 378 PCI QSA Companies worldwide that are certified by the PCI Council. That is quite a selection to narrow your choices. So what do you look for in good qualities to partner with? What attributes do you form that basis on? Throughout this blog, we are going...
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