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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Effectively limiting outgoing firewall traffic to frequently-changing IPs

PCI DSS 1.2.1 states: Restrict inbound and outbound traffic to that which is necessary for the cardholder data environment. Verify that all other inbound and outbound traffic is ...
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Banks storing credit card data in plain text?

Are the banks authorized to keep plain text hard copies of full credit card data (Primary account number, CVV, Expiry code, Cardholder name)
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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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Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM?

Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap partition/file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM by an application?
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How to decrypt the Encrypted DEK using KEK which are separated in servers?

Decrypting the DEK using KEK under PCI-Standards, which are separated by Servers: Let say for example we have server1 and server2 Server1: It is in East US, called it as Application Server. ...
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Help understanding PCI-DSS when using password based encryption from automatically generated keys

I've inherited the task of self-auditing an e-commerce system for compliance with the PCI-DSS. We are storing the PAN in our database in encrypted form using 256 bit AES algorithm to do the ...
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PCI-DSS compliance for business with only swipe terminals

I support the IT infrastructure for a small retail business which is now required to undergo a PCI-DSS assessment. The payment service and terminal provider (Streamline) has asked that we use ...
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Using EventStore For PCI Compliance?

I have been hearing a lot of good things about EventStore 3 and am looking to upgrade my server event forwarding systems for PCI compliance next year and was wondering if anyone had looked at the ...
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Tools to demonstrate NO storage of cardholder data

Our organization has been asked to comply with PCI DSS. As part of IT Department, we need to demonstrate that none of our IT infrastructure stores any carhdolder data nor sensitive authetication ...
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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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PCI-DSS Compliance Management Software?

Does anyone know of PCI compliance management software (specifically PA-DSS, but I'm assuming any kind of PCI-DSS software will do PA-DSS)? Mainly for our application end. We have a 3rd party site but ...
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Major UK company seems to be handling customer & card data recklessly [duplicate]

A company I used to work for is passing customer's personal details as well as card data (number, expiration date, name, CVV2 and the contents of the magstripe thanks to a reader) through Windows XP ...
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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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Storing CVC / CVV / CVV2 until payment is processed

I need to store the payment info of a transaction. We have a script that reads which transactions haven't yet been sent to our ERP (the business management software), to then send it. This script ...
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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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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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Payment gateway integration, any security considerations?

I'm interested in understanding what security considerations there are around implementing a payment gateway. I have, so far, thought of: having a SSL Cert is a MUST. logging actions is critical. ...
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Boundaries of Personally Identifiable Information - PCI-DSS

I am attempting to ascertain the boundaries of personally identifiable information. For example does the combination of John and Doe equate to personally identifiable information since there could ...
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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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Risk management with software code analysis

I am a programmer by day and I am working on a project that is focused around risk management based on PCI-DSS controls within an organisation. I have been thinking lately that a lot of PCI-DSS ...
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Can we print cardholder data under the PCI DSS Compliance framework and stay compliant?

I have a question regarding PCI compliance. There seems to be a valid business need in our company to keep some card holder data, for unsuccessful transaction. An example would be a customer makes a ...
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Credit card processing in mobile app over Stripe - PCI DSS compiant?

after reading a lot of PCI DSS stuff I'm still not sure whether it would be ok for us to use the following process in our app: Get full credit card data from attached card reader Tokenize it using ...
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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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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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Where's the security when a payment gateway let website handle Credit Card detail

Has anyone worked with eWay payment gateway before? Basically, there's a service endpoint where you post the customer's detail and credit card details from the web application after the browser sends ...
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SAQ A-EP Requirements for VPS Hosting

We are hosting a site on a self-managed Digital Ocean VPS ("Droplet") that will be taking payments via Stripe using their stripe.js API. According to PCI, we have determined that we fall under the SAQ ...
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Effective wireless scanning to meet PCI DSS 11.1?

PCI-DSS section 11.2 requires the business to "Test for the presence of wireless access points and detect unauthorized wireless access points". However, this is more easily said than done. Simply ...
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PCI-DSS and salt storage

PCI-DSS states the following: 3.5 Protect any keys used to secure cardholder data against disclosure and misuse I have a service which stores a salted bcrypt hash of the user's PAN. Assuming the ...
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PCI DSS compliant without private VLAN

I understand that it may be a best practice to hide in-PCI-scope-elements like databases inside a VLAN without a public address and also strict firewall rules. However, my questions is: can ...
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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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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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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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Do I need to purchase a PCI DSS certificate?

I'm creating an e-commerce website and I was wondering, do I need to purchase a PCI DSS certificate or do I just need to comply with the standards?
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Hybrid key management doing it wrong?

I'm currently working on a project that needs be as secure as possible key-management. My experience with encryption, decryption and key-management are none whatsoever so i did some research on the ...
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Any place where I can find some template or base documents for IT/Infosec Compliance?

We're facing an audit and we are sorely lacking in documentation regarding information security policies. I've done some Googling and have been surprised by the difficulty of finding a good "template" ...
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PCI Compliance - If am eligible to self certify - do I need to use a QSA company in this context?

Setting up a new company with ecommerce app, and looking at PCI compliance. What I need to know is if I need to use a pci security assessor to verify the answers to the self assessment questionnaire? ...
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Creditcard store first six digits PCI reference

I need to store masked PAN with first six digits and last four digits along with the card expiry month and year. Is it safe to do it according to the PCI rules? Regarding four digits has been ...
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PCI definition of “store”

In the PCI DSS 3.1 requirements, the term "store" is used often. For example requirement 3.2 says "Do not store sensitive authentication data after authorization (even if encrypted)..." Does this ...
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Third party analytics/tracking javascript tags and PCI DSS

Although variants of this question have been asked before, they seem to be about general risk, and I'm interested in the PCI DSS connotations. If an e-commerce site is looking for level 1 or level 2 ...
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Why are there questions about “media” in a PCI-DSS SAQ A?

The PCI-DSS SAQ A is used in the case where all payments are outsourced to an external vendor (conditions apply). Despite that, section 9 of the questionnaire is about "media" (if they are physically ...
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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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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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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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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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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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CVE-2012-4448 pci-scan

I'm currently failing a PCI scan due to CVE-2012-4448 The recommended resolution from Security Metrics is to upgrade to a wordpress version higher than 3.4.2, however currently that is the highest ...
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If I host a web form which submits CC details to a provider, are there PCI implications form host?

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on a specific question I have. I read a lot about systems that 'store, process, submit' CC data requiring compliance. If I host a form on my website which ...
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Payment security on Android App

I am developing an application from which users browse and buy books. The client can be Android ,iOS, Mac. The server is ASP.net Web APIs. I know there are many payment services available. One of ...
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PCI Compliance guidance

I am in the middle of setting up an ecommerce solution on a commercial website. My system will store card number in the form of : xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-4000 (just the last 4 digits) and XXX (nothing) for the ...