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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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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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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Do we require to eliminate share drive access to PCI users?

Do we really require to eliminate the share drive access to the PCI users. We have a file server outside PCI VLAN. But PCI users have access to it. We dont have any DLP solutions. Does the PCI ...
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PCI Compliance - Encrypted Mobile Apps

My company (health care) went through a PCI audit and needs to solve some major issues. Our branches collect CHD on paper and saves them to a network drive as a pdf that our corp office accesses to ...
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How to implement PCI DSS requirement 3.5.2?

According to PCI-DSS requirement 3.5.2: Secret and private keys used to encrypt /decrypt cardholder data should be stored in one of the following forms at all times: Encrypted with a key-encrypting ...
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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 prohibit direct outbound connections on EC2

I am using EC2 instances to power our web service that needs to be PCI SAQ-C compliant. I am trying to figure out what point 1.3 of the self assessment really means: 1.3 Does the firewall ...
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Is PCI SAQ A or A-EP applicable for my use case?

I read the FAQ over here andI feel that we do not need to be PCI Compliance but I have read many other posts, articles etc which seem to contradict my assumption. So I was wondering if any of you guys ...
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How to enforce TLS on Windows [duplicate]

In Windows 2008 R2 and 2012, how do you enforce TLS-only and how do you demonstrate that posture? I am in IP Compliance and have a strong background in practical system administration and support. I ...
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PCI questions regarding software

As a software company who is looking at writing something that could handle debit cards can I self certify my software or do I have to have it tested by a 3rd party company?
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What is the diffference between HSM and PTS-approved point-of-interaction device?

According to PCI-DSS requirement 3.5.2: We should store secret keys in a cryptographic device. Cryptographic devices: 1.HSM 2.PTS-approved point of interaction device My questions: I have some ...
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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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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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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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PCI Policy Management software?

I am working on a project to get our company PCI Compliant. One of the key issues I face is managing PCI/Security policies in the organisation. I am responsible for creating the policies and ...
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PCI onsite QSA Audit Review

Has anyone had any success using video recordings from ObserveIT during a PCI onsite QSA audit review? We are scheduled to be audited in a few months and are considering adding ObserveIT to ...
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PCI-DSS, what is the best distro? [closed]

What is the best distro of Linux to get PCI-DSS compliant? I am using Debian 8 because I think Debian is one of the most stable versions, but it seems not to be enough, I am struggling with a lot of ...
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Distinguishing between tokens and actual PANs for tokens based on reversible cryptographic functions

I’m researching a possibility of implementing KEK and DEK servers compliant with PCI-DSS requirements. PCI Tokenization Guidelines states: “The tokenization solution should include a mechanism for ...
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IP whitelisting as two factor authentication method for server access under PCI DSS

In the answer to my question: Two factor authentication for web application under PCI DSS gowenfawr stated: I have seen other methods used for 2FA than those you mention; IP whitelisting and ...
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Two factor authentication for web application under PCI DSS

PCI DSS 8.2 is stated as follows 8.2 In addition to assigning a unique ID, ensure proper user-authentication management for non-consumer users and administrators on all system components by ...
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Can we share a folder across regions for PCI Users

We need to be PCI compliant for a small setup. We need to share a folder which should be accessible by other regions as well. We have Private MPLS Connection. PCI users will be having only READ ...
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Can Amazon's AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) be used to manage server access?

Requirement 8.1.1 of PCI DSS states: Assign all users a unique ID before allowing them to access system components or cardholder data. Using Amazon IAM I can set up individual accounts for users ...
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PCI Compliant Secure Vault Design and Implementation

I often see the phrase “Secure Vault” in PCI DSS documentations and I want to know if a “Secure Vault” must be a highly protected file with sophisticated technologies stored on a very secure hardware ...
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PCI Compliance - Antivirus in host and virtual environment?

We have a couple servers with a host system, and virtual DB and Web instances. Is it possible to be compliant with PCI if you install the Antivirus only on the host system, or does it need to be ...
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Storing CardHolder Data using RC2 encryption

I would like to know if storing credit cardholder data using RC2 encryption requires to be compliant with PCI DSS. Currently the 16 digit PAN number and expiry date is stored in the database. The PAN ...
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masking credit cards PAN with zeros

The PCI-DSS only requires you to protect the PAN if you are storing MORE THAN the first six and last four digits. Can an all zero mask be used? E.g. 4111 1100 0000 1234 to make it PCI compliant / not ...
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What can a hacker do with a card number without CVV? [duplicate]

From my experience a card can not be used for online payment without a valid CVV, then why is it still always emphasized that card number must be protected? What can a hacker do, assume that he has ...
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Multiple websites hosted on same server

We have two severs sitting under one load balancer. We run PCI scans on those two servers. Now, when we started, we only had 2 websites running from these two server. But the business is growing ...
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PCI-DSS Requirement for Application Level Security?

Before I arrived at my current company we obtained the services of PCI consultant who gave us some very specific, if questionable, advice on encryption requirements. The particular piece of advice I ...
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Hashing PAN numbers

According to this blog PAN number should be hashed using a "secret salt". What they are doing is basically H(Message+salt). The reason you need this "secret salt" is because PAN numbers are limited to ...
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Senario:SSL Enabled Online Banking Application. Question: Should card numbers be provided back to a user un-masked, when there is a failed login?

For an online banking application with SSL enabled, should card numbers be provided back to the user unmasked, when there is a failed login. Would this be a violation of PCI DSS 3.3 or not as the ...
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PCI payment gateway and store [duplicate]

Consider situation: I made my own payment gateway and it passes vulnerabity tests. My store redirects to this payment gateway. Card details is collected there. Payment is processed there (not ...
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Precedent for an in-house cardholder information server?

My organization is undertaking a project to attempt to reduce the amount of our infrastructure covered under PCI scope. Specifically, we're looking to exclude our web merchandising software from PCI ...
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Configuring IIS SSL for PCI

Is there a clear, concise list of of SSL settings available for IIS which will pass my PCI audit scanning? Preferably something for both IIS 6 and IIS 7 I'm currently running into BEAST issues but ...
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PCI-DSS for VX570 and POS on same network

Have a Point-of-sale (POS) workstation and a VX570 credit card terminal connected via RS232 and both on the same network with internet connection. No card data is transfered to the POS except for ...
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How much does network security audit and patch work? [closed]

how much is reasonable if i'm looking to hire someone FULL TIME to handle security auditing and patching for my network? I need my network to be PCI Compliance and what not as well. MY office have ...
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Signing up on a paid site with a credit card

I'm building a subscription-based website that needs to accept recurring payments. The concept is much like that of Netflix, but there is also a variation between the two. When a user attempts to ...
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PCI process, how to solve mambo vulnerability CVE 2006-0871 on debian 8?

I am involved in the process of becoming pci-dss compliant. I am really close to get it although I am having this vulnerability on the server when I am doing an external scan. Does someone know how to ...
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PCI DSS 3.0 and card swipe terminals for our merchants

We run an online software service that collects and transmits card transactions for small merchants. They use card swipe terminals connected to their business PCs that direct the traffic straight ...
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Confusion regarding PCI compliance in an office

We use myvirtualmerchant.com (previously Converge, owned by Elavon) to process payments in our doctor's office. Recently, they emailed us that we have to fulfill their partner company's (Trustwave ...
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PCI server room on premises: how to handle office visitors?

There is a server room which is part of PCI environment and located inside the office. Access to the server room itself is controlled according to PCI DSS Requirement 9: "Restrict physical access to ...
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PCI compliant RSA key generation and getting value of private exponent

Is it possible to generate RSA key and get its private exponent in clear and to be compliant with the following PCI requirement?: Keys must be generated so that it is not feasible to determine that ...
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Backup procedure for PCI

Our company is does not store any credit card details. We are storing it in a cloud platform which is already PCI compliant. We just require to access the Cloud portal from our company. I understand ...
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PCI-DSS: Recomendations for Mixed-Mode Virtual Environments

We are PCI-DSS 2.0 compliant. We have three internal networks: GENERAL (workstations, app file servers) workstations can RDP to the PCI servers in order to work on the cardholder data. MANAGEMENT ...
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Security Modules - Hardware vs. Software

In terms of PCI requirements and compliance, is a software-based key management module like Gazzang zTrustee an acceptable solution to the PCI requirements that a (hardware) HSM solution like AWS ...
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iFrame or Tokenization for Credit card transactions [closed]

My company is currently processing less than 4000 Credit Card transactions a year and we are a level 4 organization. I see that we are storing the credit card data in one of our databases but the PAN ...
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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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Tools to check the firewall Configurations as per PCI standards [closed]

How do you audit the Firewall rules and configuration policies as per PCI standard. What are the tools used for it.
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PCI compliant transparent data encryption at disk/folder level on Windows?

Is there a way to achieve PCI compliant data encryption at disk/folder level in Windows in a way that is transparent to applications(they must be able to write/read to encrypted folders/disks as if ...