How I Retained My QSA Certification

January 21, 2021
In 2019, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) modified the Qualification Requirements for Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) employees. Prior to the modification, the requirements stipulated that QSA employees must hold either an Information Security certification or an audit certification, but now QSA employees must have a minimum of two (2) industry certifications:...

Making EDR Work for PCI

September 10, 2020
The Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) and Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) marketplace is abuzz with products that blur the lines of personal firewall, host-based intrusion detection system (IDS) and intrusion prevention system (IPS), anti-virus, system logging, and file integrity monitoring (FIM). These solutions are centrally managed from your web browser and include advanced dashboards for...

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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