An acronym for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS). A set of rules and policies for protecting information related to card based financial instruments.

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Looking for credit card data and other PII in files

I'm looking for ways to check for the presence of credit-card data and other personally identifiable information in files on a network I'm testing. Currently i'm doing this manually with the usual ...
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Can we outsource IPS and SIEM monitoring to a service provider? [closed]

We are planning to outsource our IPS and SIEM monitoring to a service provider. My question is do they have to be PCI Compliant certified as well?. How about if they remote in our environment and ...
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Can we use same Active directory / Proxy servers for PCI and Non PCI Segment users?

Can we use the same AD server for both PCI VLAN user and Non PCI VLAN users? How about proxy, we have a Proxy but both PCI and Non PCI user's traffic are flowing through those Proxy. But we have ...
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PCI DSS and ssh keys for root

Referring to this PCI DSS 2.0 and ssh keys I want to ask Is this PCI section 8.2 only for individual users or also valid if a user connects via ssh to a root account? I prefer to ssh root@localhost ...
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Businesses Handling Credit Cards via Email

I have done some I.T. contracting for a medium-sized Australian hotel recently. I am concerned about their credit card handling practices. Customers often email their CC number and expiry date in ...
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Clarification on being PCI compliant

So let's say we have a production site that requires VPN access to the datacenter. We also have a dev/qa datacenter in a separate datacenter with it's own VPN connection. When we're sitting in the ...
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Cloud Based WAF

I'm currently evaluating different approaches to implement a web application firewall (WAF) in our architecture. We need the WAF due to PCI DSS. I would prefer using a cloud based WAF (e.g. ...
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Is RDP susceptible to the BEAST attack?

I have Windows 2008 R2 servers which are failing a PCI vulnerability scan because they have RDP enabled (needs to be disabled). I have applied the PCI settings of IISCrypto tool, but I have to leave ...
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How does SAQ A-EP apply in the situation where no I frames are used

I'm really disappointed in SAQ A-EP. I feel that as a web developer, there are just way too many questions that go over my head and I couldn't possibly know. I use primarily Stripe and Braintree in ...
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Clickjacking on a site without user accounts

My understanding of clickjacking attacks is that an attacker could embed my site in his. The attacker then uses clever styling to trick the user into performing actions on my site, that they did not ...
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How can I determine whether or not a POS terminal violates requirements in the PCI DSS?

The business I work for uses an Equinox Optimum T4220 (hardware number 060001) in dial-out mode. I see two search results1 for "T4220" listed on the PCI SSC's website under Approved PIN Transaction ...
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IP whitelisting as two factor authentication method for server access under PCI DSS

In the answer to my question: Two factor authentication for web application under PCI DSS gowenfawr stated: I have seen other methods used for 2FA than those you mention; IP whitelisting and ...
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Two factor authentication for web application under PCI DSS

PCI DSS 8.2 is stated as follows 8.2 In addition to assigning a unique ID, ensure proper user-authentication management for non-consumer users and administrators on all system components by ...
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Google Analytics on Checkout

Are there any risks to using Google Analytics on my checkout page? The page is on SSL and I will obviously be serving the analytics script from their secured URL. Thanks.
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Can we share a folder across regions for PCI Users

We need to be PCI compliant for a small setup. We need to share a folder which should be accessible by other regions as well. We have Private MPLS Connection. PCI users will be having only READ ...
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Verifying credit card ownership

When a fraudulent credit card CNP (Card Not Present) transaction is made, merchant is liable for the chargeback. For that reason, our company implemented a policy where we ask a photo of customer's ...
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Are credit card number look ups more secure with a hash function than with a deterministic encryption algorithm?

I understand PCI DSS 3.0 allows hashes of cardnumbers to be stored separately from encrypted values, but I'm startled at the efficiency of tools like hashcat in discovering card numbers from hashed ...
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Can Amazon's AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) be used to manage server access?

Requirement 8.1.1 of PCI DSS states: Assign all users a unique ID before allowing them to access system components or cardholder data. Using Amazon IAM I can set up individual accounts for users ...
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iFrame or Tokenization for Credit card transactions [closed]

My company is currently processing less than 4000 Credit Card transactions a year and we are a level 4 organization. I see that we are storing the credit card data in one of our databases but the PAN ...
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Does sending credit card info over email violates PCI DSS?

Being in the US, I have noticed that more and more companies ask to send sensitive credit card information (all information that is required to make a transaction) over a plain email. I believe that ...
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PCI Compliant Secure Vault Design and Implementation

I often see the phrase “Secure Vault” in PCI DSS documentations and I want to know if a “Secure Vault” must be a highly protected file with sophisticated technologies stored on a very secure hardware ...
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PCI DSS - Recorded Phone Conversations

I am using the using the following image from FishNet Security as a sort of guide for the data flow diagram required by PCI DSS as defined by: 1.1.3 Current diagram that shows all cardholder ...
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Determining PCI DSS SAQ level

I have a b2b SaaS that my clients then use with their own customers to gather data in a face to face scenario with iPads, I would like to expand it to take credit card details. The credit card details ...
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For PCI compliance, does every request need to be logged regardless of how it affects system performance?

Our cloud based service is currently undergoing changes with a view towards PCI compliance. It is a high throughput service, and there are concerns that enabling the right amount of logging on our ...
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OSSEC not detecting deleted files?

I have configured 3 VMs: ossec server and two agents in CentOS 6 and Windows 2k8 R2. I have completed the setup and FIM and Log Management works smoothly. It also reports the new files. However, it ...
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Level 4 merchants becoming PCI Compliant

I was prompted recently to take a deeper look into some of the PCI requirement information, and I have found some pretty serious discrepancies with regard to the reporting obligations of Level 4 ...
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Transmitting Credit Card Information

I want to know how secure it is to transmit Credit Card details as plain text to the payment gateway from my website using HTTPS. We are not storing any details in our database but I read that ...
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PCI DSS Compliance for a Level 4 organization

We are a small company and process less than 500 Credit Card transactions each year so we fall under Level 4 category merchants. The company heads wants to make sure that we are PCI compliant at all ...
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PCI Compliance - Antivirus in host and virtual environment?

We have a couple servers with a host system, and virtual DB and Web instances. Is it possible to be compliant with PCI if you install the Antivirus only on the host system, or does it need to be ...
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Advice on if I should talk at my local user group about NIST, InfoSec etc [closed]

I have been toying with the idea for a while now about doing my first talk, on my last project I was building a Risk Management portal for information security so I had to read all about Risk ...
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Is storing CVV compliant with PCI standards?

From personal, job-related experience I know that many "Booking Engines" store the CVV info for customers' credit cards from the time a reservation is made until the time the guest leaves the hotel. ...
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PCI-DSS: Recomendations for Mixed-Mode Virtual Environments

We are PCI-DSS 2.0 compliant. We have three internal networks: GENERAL (workstations, app file servers) workstations can RDP to the PCI servers in order to work on the cardholder data. MANAGEMENT ...
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Storing CardHolder Data using RC2 encryption

I would like to know if storing credit cardholder data using RC2 encryption requires to be compliant with PCI DSS. Currently the 16 digit PAN number and expiry date is stored in the database. The PAN ...
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PCI DSS 3.0 - Is restricting SSH and/or RDP outbound required?

This question comes up a lot as I do evaluations for different customers. I currently recommend the following: All outbound SSH & RDP blocked by default from user network (non-CDE) All outbound ...
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PCI DSS - mask PAN and log individual access to PAN

How do you re-conciliate two PCI DSS requirements in applications: 3.3 Mask PAN when displayed (the first six and last four digits are the maximum number of digits to be displayed), such that only ...
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PCI service provider and separation

This is connection to my previous question: Shared Database and PCI Compliance However, this question relates to the requirement "Appendix A: Additional PCI DSS Requirements for Shared Hosting ...
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Dealing with credit card data that is not charged directly

I have a client who is a reseller for vacation packages. For years they've had a payment form on their site where the end user would fill out their credit card data and the information is emailed to ...
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PCI Compliance and PayPal

First, please forgive my ignorance. Until this week, the only "credit card security" I understood was how to hack systems and why to write PHP pages with the types of features I do (msqli, pdo, ...
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Can you store sensitive app config vars in the environment and be PCI compliant?

Note: this is a cross post from my question on SO. Feel free to keep the one in the more relevant location and close the other. We have a rails app which will be deployed on torquebox/jboss. (This in ...
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What is the difference between Internal and External scan in PCI

Is each firewall interface IP is considered as external IP?. Do we need to scan each interface IP??. What is an internal scan? What are the elements for internal, how we do it?.
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Tools to check the firewall Configurations as per PCI standards [closed]

How do you audit the Firewall rules and configuration policies as per PCI standard. What are the tools used for it.
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PCI - prohibiting direct connections to the Cardholder Data Environment

In PCI 1.3.3 it states: Are direct connections prohibited for inbound or outbound traffic between the Internet and the cardholder data environment? A Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) ...
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What are the insecure Protocols in terms of PCI DSS

What are the insecure protocols which should be disabled according to PCI DSS standard. How to check those are disabled in Firewalls and Servers.
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Shared Database and PCI Compliance

Say we have a cloud based web application which is SaaS. This application is to be made PCI compliant as a service provider, as client card data passes through the application. This application uses a ...
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Code deployment in PCI CDE

The PCI DSS v3 standard states the following: Network Segmentation To be considered out of scope for PCI DSS, a system component must be properly isolated (segmented) from the CDE, such that ...
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Do we require to eliminate share drive access to PCI users?

Do we really require to eliminate the share drive access to the PCI users. We have a file server outside PCI VLAN. But PCI users have access to it. We dont have any DLP solutions. Does the PCI ...
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Is PCI-DSS compliance required for non-credit card payment source?

We have a banking application that allows you to pay your bills (using your savings/checking account) -- including your credit card bills. However our system was set up such that you enter the credit ...
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PCI Compliance for attachment in email

I am wondering if they are any PCI compliance issues around users of a service sending email with attachments that may or may not contain sensitive information through said service? As an example, if ...
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PCI Compliance - Encrypted Mobile Apps

My company (health care) went through a PCI audit and needs to solve some major issues. Our branches collect CHD on paper and saves them to a network drive as a pdf that our corp office accesses to ...
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PCI Compliance Check-list

I'm currently attempting to wrap my head around PCI compliance - and what I need to do for my business to be compliant. I would like some confirmation on what I've found so far. I accept payments in ...