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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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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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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Determining PCI DSS SAQ level

I have a b2b SaaS that my clients then use with their own customers to gather data in a face to face scenario with iPads, I would like to expand it to take credit card details. The credit card details ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How are HSMs used in payment processing on the server?

I came to know recently that HSMs are used in credit card processing on the server side but since I don't work in that space and stumped as to why its needed. I can see it used in an ATM machine - ...
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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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Am I a Hosting service provider in a sense of PCI-DSS SAQ D Appendix A?

My company provides web applications to third parties. We develop, host and manage the applications ourselves. All access that third parties get is the application itself and a separate ...
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PCI DSS - Recorded Phone Conversations

I am using the using the following image from FishNet Security as a sort of guide for the data flow diagram required by PCI DSS as defined by: 1.1.3 Current diagram that shows all cardholder ...
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What is the difference between Internal and External scan in PCI

Is each firewall interface IP is considered as external IP?. Do we need to scan each interface IP??. What is an internal scan? What are the elements for internal, how we do it?.
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TrustWave PCI Compliance - OpenSSH

First time 'asker' on here, but wanted to say thanks to how much I've used this site and reading answers to questions I've had! Anyway, lately I've been having issues with a customer of ours who's ...
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Can I show PCI compliant Logo

I have just now got 20 of my e-commerce websites scanned and certified by Comodo. I will be submitting them to my banks as well to prove that I am PCI compliant. But is there any regulation on who ...
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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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Would using Websockets cause PCI compliance failure?

Would utilizing WebSockets cause an issue with obtaining or maintaining PCI compliance?
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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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“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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Shared Database and PCI Compliance

Say we have a cloud based web application which is SaaS. This application is to be made PCI compliant as a service provider, as client card data passes through the application. This application uses a ...
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PCI Compliance for attachment in email

I am wondering if they are any PCI compliance issues around users of a service sending email with attachments that may or may not contain sensitive information through said service? As an example, if ...
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My app is asking for card details, but does not stores them. Do I need PCI compliance?

I plan to build an Android/iPhone app. The app will contain a few forms and status screens. One of the screens will ask the user for their card details. Once they'll click submit they'll be sent over ...
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pci compliance and temporary files

Does storing temporarily a non-encrypted file containing some PANs violate pci requirements? (for example because it is being processed by an application, or to open it on a file editor)
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Using Free AV to meet PCI Requirement 5

I am looking for some opinions on using free AV for meet PCI requirement 5. The way I read this for version 2.0 is that it's entirely possible for a client to meet their AV needs with the modern free ...
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If am using Stripe am I SAQ A-EP in PCI V3

We are going through the PCI process at the moment and because v2 goes out of date on December 2014, I opted to use PCI v3. Because with Stripe you put the form inside your application and post to ...
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is it illegal to share customer credit card data

I have an app where users can enter credit card data and it is stored using a 3rd party toservice like BluePay or Authorize.net, I do not and will not save it in my system. Trying to get this point ...
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Does PCI DSS 1.4 include tablets and smartphones?

1.4 install personal firewall software on any mobile and/or employee-owned computers with direct connectivity to the Internet (for example, laptops used by employees), which are used to access the ...
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PCI compliance over two domains

We have an eCommerce website hosted on a dedicated server. We get our PCI compliance report from Qualays and there is no problem with that. However, now we want to test something new on Amazon's AWS ...
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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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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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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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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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Storing only BIN part of PAN, does this qualify as a full PAN?

We are looking at becoming PCI-DSS complaint. We wish to minimize the impact it will have on us and our business. As this can be a very expensive exercise. As I understand it if you do not store ...
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Help with scope clarification of PCI requirement 8.5.15

Section 8.5.15 reads: If a session has been idle for more than 15 minutes, require the user to re-enter the password to re-activate the terminal. Section 8 Accompanying note reads: These ...
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PCI DSS 3.0 - Is restricting SSH and/or RDP outbound required?

This question comes up a lot as I do evaluations for different customers. I currently recommend the following: All outbound SSH & RDP blocked by default from user network (non-CDE) All outbound ...
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Code deployment in PCI CDE

The PCI DSS v3 standard states the following: Network Segmentation To be considered out of scope for PCI DSS, a system component must be properly isolated (segmented) from the CDE, such that ...
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Internal / external Penetration testing a webserver - PCI

the PCI DSS document states: 11.3.2 Perform internal penetration testing at least annually and after any significant infrastructure or application upgrade or modification (such as an operating ...
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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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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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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 ...