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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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 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My company is trying to become fully PCI Compliant and we are switching our outdated systems to use Authorize.net CIM among other things.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 ...
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Are these merchant integration instructions wrong about server-client interaction?

I'm working with a payment gateway that seems to have a fundamental misunderstanding of "clients" and how to protect sensitive data. The integration instructions are mostly about a "redirect" mode of ...
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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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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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Conversant, CNAME, Cookies, and PCI complaince

We have been asked to evaluate Conversant Tracking. http://www.conversantmedia.com/solutions/enterprise-solutions From what I can tell its pretty straight forward tracking, like google re-marketing, ...
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Field-level encryption vs disk encryption for PCI compliance

We are in the process of setting up a PCI compliant server (with Firehost's help). We are using MongoDB as our primary database. I am having some concerns about the encryption, though. Are there any ...
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Is PCI Compliance mandatory?

I recently started working on an eCommerce addition to a site I'm working on.In my research looking for a way to do SSL without a certificate/a free certificate I came across PCI Compliance.I have ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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HTML 5 postMessage PCI compliant

We're building an application (App-A) that will allow a user to enter credit card information. This application will live on a non PCI compliant zone. We have another application (App-B) that also ...
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iPhone Credit Card Payment

I am trying to understand what is the best way to implement a credit card payment flow into a native iPhone app. From what I see on the market, most of the apps use a WebView to process the payment. I ...
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PCI Scanning and authenticated user pages

I've just used a security vendor's automated PCI scanning tool to scan my web server. It only has the ability, out of the box, to scan URLs as an un-authenticated user. This means it is only ...
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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 you store sensitive app config vars in the environment and be PCI compliant?

Note: this is a cross post from my question on SO. Feel free to keep the one in the more relevant location and close the other. We have a rails app which will be deployed on torquebox/jboss. (This in ...
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Internal Update Server in PCI environment

I am curious to know if we require separate update server in our cloud based PCI environment. In our current setup webserver, appserver, dbserver, logserver, and jump server are independent instance. ...
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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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Security of asymmetrical decrypting proxy

I'm thinking about the safest possible way to store secure data (eg. Credit Card numbers) with a requirement of sending them in clear text to third party API (so hashing doesn't come into play). I've ...
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PCI 3.1 - SAQ D - Supporting Servers

For the past year and a half now, I've been working as the sole individual at a small retail hardware store trying to attain proper (read: not checkbox) compliance, and I am beginning to enter the ...
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Distributed tokenization for credit card numbers

I have two locations within the same firm that hold credit card numbers. I want to be able to "join" on credit card number to do business analytics after transmitting card number-linked data from one ...
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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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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 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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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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How do you back up cardholder data remotely without a network connection?

In the PCI DSS version 3 it says: 1.3.3 Do not allow any direct connections inbound or outbound for traffic between the Internet and the cardholder data environment. But in the event of hard ...
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Which is the Best Cipher Mode and Padding Mode for AES Encryption? [closed]

As per PCI-DSS 3.4 requirement: For storing Credit Card Data Strong Cryptography should be used. I decided to use AES Encryption which is a strong and mostly recommended crypto for encrypting ...
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What is the best way to get a third party audit done of website security?

I have a website that needs to be PCI compliant. I have coded it using the guidelines but to be safe i wanted to get a third party audit done where this individual who runs a IT security firm and ...
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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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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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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 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 Definition of “Transmission”

I am working at a company that is PCI compliant, but I believe they have interpreted some of the requirements incorrectly. Because of this, they are laboring to create work-arounds which I suspect are ...
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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 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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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 ...