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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What is an offsite facility as per PCI DSS requirement 9.5.1?

PCI DSS Version 3.0, Requirement 9.5.1 says that we have to store media backups in a secure location, preferably an off-site facility such as an alternative or backup site or a commercial storage ...
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PCI DSS - only one primary function per server

The PCI DSS says that a server can have only one primary function and i'm a little confused over what it means by 'one primary function' we have a webserver with database - web pages and email is ...
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Is it PCI compliant to send credit card details to the server without saving them there?

Considering I use SSL the whole process. I have an IOS client that I want to use to enter the user's credit card details. I want to do the whole charging and processing on the server side, so I send ...
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Does server RAM count as storage for PCI Compliance?

We are an eCommerce website. I'm working on our PCI compliance at the moment, and I'm trying, if at all possible, to argue that our organisation falls under SAQ A rather than D. We do not sensitive ...
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PCI DSS compliance for storing PAN and PII in multi-tenant environment

I wanted to know if I can still be PCI compliant if I store card holder and PII information for multiple tenants in the same database? I.e., have an identifier on the table level to identify the ...
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How to process or manage Key-Encryption-Key using HSM?

Let's consider two Encryption keys: 1.Data-Encryption-Key(DEK) 2.Key-Encryption-Key(KEK) KEK will be securely stored in HSM, which will be encrypted using master key. Data Encryption Key will be ...
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How to Encrypt Credit Card number for storing it in sql server database according to PCI DSS Requirement?

According to PCI-DSS 3.4 Requirement: Render PAN unreadable anywhere it is stored by using the below methods: One-way hash Truncation Index tokens and pads Strong cryptography with associated ...
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Which is best DPAPI or HSM?

Can you please explain what's is the main difference between for this both DPAPI and HSM? As far as I understand both protecting the data, the way of protection is difference HSM is physical device ...
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After the Cryptoperiod timespan, do we need to encrypt all the data again?

As per PCI-DSS we need to dispose the old keys after the timespan. After the cryptoperiod (lets say one year) time span, do I need to encrypt all (20k card holders) the data once again with the newly ...
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LDAP and anonymous bind for PCI compliance

We have to setup a central auth for PCI compliance and I'm wondering if it's ok to allow anonymous bind or should I create a user to do the bind for the services needing ldap?
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When does a PA-DSS certified application expire?

When you search the PCI website for validated payment applications it shows a re-validation date and an expiry date. There is also two categories of payment applications, "Acceptable for new ...
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PCI DSS 2.0 and ssh keys

I know the real answer to the auditor. We are a smaller company under 40 total employees that is also PCI level 1 compliant. We've always used ssh keys on internal servers. You can't ssh in from the ...
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How much security information to publicise?

Apologies if this in the wrong section, not sure if it should go in Server Fault or not. I am preparing to launch a new web app. We have put a lot of effort into offering good security. From a PR ...
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DSA Generates different signatures with the same data [closed]

I'm using the example given in msdn article about the DSACryptoServiceProvider Class. The problem is that I get a different signature each time I run the code. I tried OpenSSL and didn't get this ...
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Encryption of PCI data, and PCI-DSS scoping

I read another question which made me think... If you encrypt PCI data (credit card numbers, etc.) using PGP or AES and send it through a firewall, is that firewall in scope? Alternatively, what ...
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PCI-DSS Is the infrastructure really in-scope?

Say I have an application that takes credit cards, but this is actually a payment gateway on the internet that I don't control. The web site used HTTPS and only returns if the card was authorized or ...
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What level of PCI Compliance do I need to adhere to if I do not store, but transmit data?

I'm doing a bit of research on my level of PCI compliance, and I'm having a difficult time grasping where I'm supposed to be. I have a web service that has recurring billing. The site is created ...
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PCI Compliance Distibution

I run a small e-commerce website hosted on a dedicated server with Debian 6 Squeeze. I need to become PCI compliant (the card industry standard for security). Therefore I have registered with ...
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Are there any reasons to be concerned about the security of “Coin”? [duplicate]

I just came across this: https://onlycoin.com/ A credit-card sized device that not only holds the info for as many credit and debit and membership cards as you want (they claim) but also can ...
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What are the security implications of a device like Coin?

Coin is a new device aimed at replacing up to 8 credit cards in your wallet with a single device. It apparently works by scanning the credit card data into a mobile application that syncs with the ...
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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 ...