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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Does a PCI DSS category 2x device require the same physical security as a 1a/b?

I am trying to further understand the scope of my environment. I have a group of category 2x devices that are used to manage a category 1b device through a category 2a device. I understand my group ...
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PCI-DSS - key-based shell access to internal servers?

In the following PCI 2.0 requirement, I am not sure how to interpret computer access to internal machines (not remotely accessible): Requirement 8: Assign a unique ID to each person with computer ...
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Are there any security related rules in PCI-DSS that govern when I can capture a payment?

Is there a PCI-DSS rule that a merchant cannot capture the funds for an order until we have actually shipped it? I can't seem to find an official reference that describes this as a PCI DSS ...
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Antivirus / Wireless PCI v2 Controls Scope

Do the Antivirus / Wireless controls within PCI v2 apply for the entire organisation, or just for the PCI scope?
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Can someone please briefly explain HIPPA compliance?

I worked in web hosting for several years, particularly security. I am familiar with PCI compliance and I would say the "short and sweet" guide to PCI for an eCommerce store is as follows: Client ...
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Does using Bcrypt to encrypt credit card numbers satisfy PCI compliance?

I understand that using MD5 is not safe and is not PCI compliant. Does using BCrypt satisfy PCI compliance
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PCI Compliance customer data being made available to another system?

Not completely au fait with PCI compliance, however we have our server checked each month by our host to check it is PCI compliant, because we have to keep it PCI Compliant for a specific ...
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Is SSL terminated at a load balancer PCI compliant?

I've read this nice question: Should SSL be terminated at a load balancer? And I have the same question, but with PCI-DSS compliance in mind. Is SSL terminated at the load balancer, with clear ...
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ReverseProxy and PCI Compliance

My company has a PCI compliant billing gateway and they expose a service for submitting credit card payment details. I am writing a (Single Page Application/end-to-end javascript) website for them ...
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Is there a way to process a credit card transaction asychronously and be PCI compliant?

If I had to store credit card details temporarily to shove it to the processor using an asychronous worker, I know that that information must be encrypted. To get it to the worker, however, it must ...
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What is the job of an IT auditor?

I am going through training in information security, as a part of the course they included compliance standards like: PCI DSS ISO 27001-2005 Cobit framework So after searching over Google, I came ...
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Is it OK to generate a token for a credit card without the user's permission? Is that PCI compliant?

Is it PCI compliant to generate a token for every card used for processing, regardless of whether the client asked for his card to be saved or not?
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Suggestion on how to be PCI Compliant

I'm working on a system that takes the customers credit card information before sending it to the processor. It requires me to ask the customer for cc#, CVV, date, one at a time and send that to my ...
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Does PCI ban using MD5 to store sensitive data?

Just had a vendor tell me that because their PCI auditors did not recommend banning the use of unsalted MD5 to store sensitive data at this time with with their current level of PCI compliance that ...
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Do we need to use separate IP ?

I want to open and forward SSH port to one of our internal computers. Problem is - it will use the same IP address as PCI-DSS environment (where the HTTPS payment gatway is running) Basically ...
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How can Stripe be PCI-compliant?

According to the Stripe FAQ, they are PCI-compliant. Also, in their API documentation, one of the parameters to create a new card is the CVC (although, granted, it is optional). So, I assume they ...
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Do I need to be PCI compliant?

We have an internal system and I am trying to determine if the system is in scope for the purposes of PCI-DSS compliance. The system is completely internal, no public access. The system hold user ...
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PCI-DSS Network Segmentation and encrypted administrative interfaces

I'm using the 3/2/1 network segmentation model from the open pci dss scoping toolkit and I'm running into a bit of a mental roadblock. I have a phone system (Mitel 5000 series, if it matters) that is ...
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IS TDE PCI-Compliant?

According to PCI PAN can be stored in the database as long as strong cryptography is used. I couldn't find which cryptography is considered strong according to PCI. Here's the issue: I have PAN ...
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Is using RC4-MD5/RC4-SHA as SSL ciphers enough for most purpose?

In the AWS ELB, I have uploaded a cert and only selected "RC4-MD5" + "RC4-SHA" as the ciphers and scored A in the ssltest [1] If I using the default ELB setting, I can only score a C Since I am not ...
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PCI compliance simple questions

For now I read PCI compliance document and I don't understand any things. I have a program, which takes sensitive and cardholder data as input (some of them are in encrypted form) and then returned ...
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Are Linux vendor-supplied security updates enough for PCI Compliance?

I have several systems that require PCI compliance, all of them are running CentOS 6.4 with all security updates applied daily. However, PCI compliance scanning will often reject detected versions of ...
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Credit card data security - hashing, truncation and encryption

A question with a similar title has been asked before, but it doesn't answer my specific question here. PCI DSS permits storage of truncated and encrypted data, or hashed and encrypted data. It ...
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Storing Credit Cards

Okay, so storing digitized credit card information/records is a well documented process when it comes to best practices. I recently got asked how a company can store, retrieve and process physical ...
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Dual control / key encrypting key required?

I'm trying to get my head around 3.6.3 and 3.6.2 in the PCI-DSS standard, secure cryptographic key storage and distribution. Would having two 256 bit key halves stored in separate, isolated ...
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How to use VirtualMerchant without PCI-DSS?

I want to use Elavon VirtualMerchant to make credit card payments on my website. I don't want to do PCI DSS certifications other than SAQ A, so don't want to process or store card data on my site. I ...
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Would using Websockets cause PCI compliance failure?

Would utilizing WebSockets cause an issue with obtaining or maintaining PCI compliance?
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Data needed for why not to load third party JavaScript on web page with credit card form

My company makes a JavaScript widget that e-commerce sites can embed on their pages. Our current instructions to our customers tell them to load our JS on every page of their site and most follow this ...
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Nessus HTML5 version 5.0.3 - PCI Scan

I've been searching for a couple days, even contacting support, to find out if Nessus has a bundle that scans for PCI compliance. It selects all 44 categories and regardless of what kind of scan I ...
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Failed PCI-DSS Compliance | Submitting Evidence

One of our web servers that is managed by a service provider (completely in their control, we have no login access) just failed PCI-DSS vuln. scan by TrustKeeper. The vuln scan detected the box as a ...
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Self Tests for cPanel Server PCI Compliance

(Edited & added more information at the bottom of this question) I've been tasked with "testing" a client's Linux web servers, running cPanel (which they own and mostly manage, until they come to ...
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Online Payment Gateway Requirements

I have been looking at an online payment gateway, authorize.net, and specifically their Direct Post Method. This method would allow me to create a form on my server, then submit the post parameters ...
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PCI DSS 11.2.1/11.2.3 - Internal scans scope

I need help about SAQ #C - Are quarterly internal vulnerability scans performed? What is target (scope) for those internal scans? Our configuration: Router with modem (WAN1/LAN1), DMZ, some office ...
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Internet connection for POS of a Third Part

From time to time, our premises and infrastructure is rented temporally for some conventions/meetings. One of these meetings requires an ordinary POS which would require a phone line or internet ...
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Incident Reporting or Notification Policy domain?

I'm writing a company policy on how employees should handle reports of information security related events and notifications that come from vendors, customers, and from people within our organization. ...
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What type of PCI Compliance do I need if I don't hold any card data

I am working with a company that is "PCI Compliant" and in order for them to give me any of their data (customer name, email) they ask that I be "PCI Compliant" even though this data is not credit ...
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Senario:SSL Enabled Online Banking Application. Question: Should card numbers be provided back to a user un-masked, when there is a failed login?

For an online banking application with SSL enabled, should card numbers be provided back to the user unmasked, when there is a failed login. Would this be a violation of PCI DSS 3.3 or not as the ...
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PCI payment gateway and store [duplicate]

Consider situation: I made my own payment gateway and it passes vulnerabity tests. My store redirects to this payment gateway. Card details is collected there. Payment is processed there (not ...
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PCI Compilance - Custom payment processor

Consider following situation: We have location A where we have our online store. We have location B where we have payment processing. Server is dedicated to do only payment processing jobs We can ...
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Normalizing Windows Advanced Firewall rules

How can I best normalize our Windows Advanced Firewall rules while implementing network segmentation? I want them to be as clear and concise as possible for audit purposes. What few examples I've seen ...
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Perl CPAN modules in a PCI-DSS environment

We are currently working on implementing the PCI-DSS ruleset in our IT environment, where all of the inhouse software we use is Perl. We have a Perl dev team of about 10 people (inlcuding me) and ...
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How does a PCI QSA audit a company?

Corporate setups are often complex with data centers in multiple locations, complex ACL's and networks setup between them. How does a PCI auditor actually audit the systems ? How does he get to know ...
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Can change management for PCI compliance be accomplished via simple emails?

Item 6.4.5 of PCI DSS requires the following: 6.4.5 Change control procedures for the implementation of security patches and software modifications. Procedures must include the following: ...
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Requirement 12.1.2 of PCI DSS: Is it enough to point to a standard process?

Item 12.1.2 of PCI DSS requires that the company's security policy: 12.1.2 Includes an annual process that identifies threats, and vulnerabilities, and results in a formal risk assessment. NIST ...
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Are banks required to be PCI compliant?

Since credit card transactions like cash advance can be performed at most ATMs, are banks required to be PCI DSS compliant?
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“Due diligence” in PCI requirement 12.8.3

Item 12.8.3 from the PCI DSS requires the following: 12.8.3 Ensure there is an established process for engaging service providers including proper due diligence prior to engagement. What is ...
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What should I have prepared for a PCI compliance onsite assessment?

The company I'm working for is about the undergo PCI compliance onsite assessment. The PCI DSS has a kind of checklist, but it is all very vague and abstract to me. So I'm not quite sure what I need ...
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How to satisfy requirement 10.6 of PCI DSS?

The company I'm working for is applying for PCI compliance and I'm in charge of writing most of the required procedures and policies. The problem is that I don't have any experience with IT security, ...
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Client is not storing Credit Cards Securily (near plain text). How do I convince client to be more secure?

I am writing in regards to PCI-DSS compliance for taking credit cards. A client of mine is not willing / does not want to bump up security beyond what is currently done for their credit card data. All ...
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Backup server categorization in the Open PCI Scoping Toolkit

How are backup servers which host a copy of cardholder data supposed to be categorized according to the Open PCI Scoping Toolkit, given that the backup and storage guidelines from the PCI standards ...