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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I report an ecommerce site in violation of security practices?

I ordered a product from a website and found that their invoice display page is completely un-protected with the order id in the query string and merely incrementing the number exposes every order. ...
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The point of PCI 1.3.1 through 1.3.3

In expansion to my previous question what qualifies as public access? I'm trying to wrap my head around the intent of the points 1.3.1 and 1.3.2 and 1.3.3 of the PCI standard. I have four DMZs at my ...
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Which PCI SAQ would you say to use if you are neither a merchant nor service provider?

Low down: This client does zero with credit card data (no processing, no passing of it, nothing), but they do have a device often placed on the same network segment of a POS (Point of sale) system. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Legacy system PCI Compliance

I have a legacy system that collects and stores credit card numbers ( BAD! ). We are in the process of replacing that system in phases. We are going to integrate with a credit card processing system ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Why does Amazon ask for the CVC/CVV if it bills without it?

I have a follow-up question relating to this question: How does Amazon bill me wihout the CVC / CVV / CVV2? If amazon.com can bill without the CVV why does it ask for it the first time information ...
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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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Vulnerability scanning applicability for PCI DSS

I'm fully up to speed on PCI DSS requirements and have attend the ISA course recently. The course was helpful and I was able to bounce ideas off of the trainer. However I keep coming back to one ...
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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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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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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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PCI Compliance network scope

I was wondering if anyone could clarify the scope of PCI compliance with regard to multiple networks. At present, there's one PCI compliant network to which another network connects via VPN. The PCI ...
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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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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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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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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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Does requiring users to fill out a PDF w/ CC information and mail it back violate PCI compliance?

I'm attempting to place an order with an American company and I reside outside of America. Upon placing the order (and already submitting payment) I received an email asking me to fill out a PDF ...
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Credit card storage, hashes, truncation, encrypted data

I'm trying to figure out a way to meet multiple business requirements that don't seem to go well in hand in terms of security: store encrypted card data associated with customer accounts for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PCI Compliance Problem

My company is trying to become fully PCI Compliant and we are switching our outdated systems to use Authorize.net CIM among other things. But, currently we're all over the place and until our new ...
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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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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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Handling unencrypted HTTP data for a PCI compliant system - in scope for PCI DSS v3 but not v2?

We currently have a custom, cloud based application that can analyse then route HTTP and HTTPS traffic through to a domain. So if a client wants to use our service, they re-point their DNS to our ...
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How much information is released when paying with a debit card

How much information is released when paying with a debit card? Is it possible for a vendor to grab your name and address from your debit card and send you things in the mail?
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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 ...