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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How can American Express Serve login be PCI-DSS compliant?

Today I went to log into my American Express Serve account at https://secure.serve.com/ and accidentally discovered what appears to be a huge hole in their login process. Here are the steps involved: ...
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Is Heroku PCI Compliant?

Obviously Heroku wants you to think they're PCI compliant by telling you "Heroku’s infrastructure provider is PCI Level 1 compliant" (AWS). https://www.heroku.com/policy/security But since Heroku ...
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Is PCI SAQ A or A-EP applicable for my use case?

I read the FAQ over here andI feel that we do not need to be PCI Compliance but I have read many other posts, articles etc which seem to contradict my assumption. So I was wondering if any of you guys ...
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How is truncation according to PCI DSS secure?

In section 3.3 of the PCI standard, it says that when displaying PANs, limiting visibility to the first 6 and last 4 digits of the PAN is considered secure. Doing some quick math, on a 16 digit PAN, ...
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Distinguishing between tokens and actual PANs for tokens based on reversible cryptographic functions

I’m researching a possibility of implementing KEK and DEK servers compliant with PCI-DSS requirements. PCI Tokenization Guidelines states: “The tokenization solution should include a mechanism for ...
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PCI server room on premises: how to handle office visitors?

There is a server room which is part of PCI environment and located inside the office. Access to the server room itself is controlled according to PCI DSS Requirement 9: "Restrict physical access to ...
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Non-trad bus model: I pay suppliers directly with client CC info. Need to be able to securely collect and read info [closed]

I'm a home-based travel agent. It is against my contract with my host agency (and I think the law actually) to directly accept payment from clients. Instead, we use customer CC information to pay ...
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Internal Vulnerability scans - defining the applicability

If a service provider has a network with thin clients, and they use a citrix portal to access a PCI complaint service provider's cardholder data environment. If the environment is very similar to tho ...
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What's the advantage of passing credit cards via javascript vs. over the server (without saving it)?

I've noticed current credit card gateways like stripe and wepay encourage sending the credit card number via their js framework (which would use some iframe jsonp magic to pass the data). To my ...
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How to design a right VPN connection for an organisation (Interconnected MPLS link or Individual FW)

Thanks in advance for your advice We have to implement VPN connection for nearly 7 countries Option 1 : As we have private MPLS link to all 7 countries. It is been outsourced Third party. They ...
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How can a very small company handle PCI-DSS requirement 6.4.2?

PCI-DSS 3 requirement 6.4.2 calls for Separation of duties between development/test and production environments. Based on the guidance text and this, answer to another question, it appears ...
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card.io & PCI DSS v3.0

I've researched for quite some time now, but I cannot find an answer to this question: If I touch card holder data in any way, I need PCI DSS v3.0 SAQ A-EP certification, which is quite complex to ...
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PCI compliant RSA key generation and getting value of private exponent

Is it possible to generate RSA key and get its private exponent in clear and to be compliant with the following PCI requirement?: Keys must be generated so that it is not feasible to determine that ...
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PCI DSS - Network Design - users connect to internet via proxy;Should we place it at the last hop or before FW?

We need to be PCI compliant. PCI user VLAN is connecting to Internet via proxy but i need confirmation about the location of the proxy. PCI user traffic flow PC ==> ASA FW ==> IPS(integrated with ...
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Does PCI compliance requires DRP even if we dont store Card data

Our company is does not store any credit card details. We are storing it in a cloud platform which is already PCI compliant. We just require to access the Cloud portal from our company. I understand ...
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Is HTTPS required for PCI Compliance when downloading desktop software patches, if no PII is transmitted, and content is digitally signed + verified?

We have a desktop app that downloads patch content via HTTP. The content is digitally signed and verified by client software after download. Is HTTPS required to achieve PCI compliance if: No PII ...
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Backup procedure for PCI

Our company is does not store any credit card details. We are storing it in a cloud platform which is already PCI compliant. We just require to access the Cloud portal from our company. I understand ...
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How to enforce TLS on Windows [duplicate]

In Windows 2008 R2 and 2012, how do you enforce TLS-only and how do you demonstrate that posture? I am in IP Compliance and have a strong background in practical system administration and support. I ...
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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 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 ...