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Announcing PCI DSS version 3.2.1 !

May 2018 will welcome the arrival of a new version of the PCI DSS.  The minor update will contain NO NEW REQUIREMENTS and will be given the version number 3.2.1. The requirements that came into effect in February 2018 will have the following text removed: Note: This requirement is a best practice until January 31,…

I am NISTy, do i still have to comply with password complexity requirement?

PCI DSS V3.2 Requirement 8.2.3 requires 7 character long passwords   8.2.3 Passwords/passphrases must meet the following: Require a minimum length of at least seven characters. Contain both numeric and alphabetic characters. Alternatively, the passwords/ passphrases must have complexity and strength at least equivalent to the parameters specified above.   I think its reasonable that…

Does a Merchant or Service Provider HAVE to use a PCI Compliant Service Provider (or can that Service Provider be non-compliant)?

I think that everyone would agree that the a service provider does not necessarily have to be independently “assessed” as PCI DSS compliant.  They could also be assessed as part of the assessed entity’s assessment.  But do they need to be “assessed” or “compliant” at all? I think its a risk based decision that depends on…

from /r/pcicompliance – help with anti-virus, Firewall and Audit Logs

Just a random question from /r/pcicompliance. PCI Compliance – help with anti-virus, Firewall and Audit Logs Curious if anyone has affordable solutions for anti-virus software, firewall and audit logs. Trying to help two retail stores become compliant. They use a POS software (that is itself PCI Compliance). They have macbooks at each location to swipe…

MultiFactor and Multistep authentication

Some of the simple common questions regarding what is allowed for multifactor authentication are answered in FAQs from the Council. Some of the more complex ones aren’t and need technical expertise to answer, sorry. FAQ 1425:  Is “two-step” authentication the same as “two-factor” or “multi-factor” authentication? Answer summary:  NO FAQ 1449: Is two-step authentication acceptable…

Rogue Wireless AP detection

Technical solutions exist to automate the process of detecting unauthorized wireless access points on a network.  These solutions generally work by monitoring radio frequencies to detect new wireless networks and/or monitoring the wired network for wireless access points.   Sometimes these features are built into the same equipment that provides the authorized wireless networks.  A manual…

Pen Testing for PCI v3.2

Whether you outsource or perform your own penetration tests, you should have a documented penetration testing methodology.  This methodology should: Specify a retention period penetration testing results and remediation activities results. Specify coverage for the entire CDE perimeter and critical systems. (referencing your PCI inscope asset list/inventory is probably a good idea.) Specify the frequency…

PCI DSS compliance for Service Providers

There are 4 generally accepted levels of PCI compliance assessment for a service provider, in ascending order of Service Provider effort:   Compliance Assessment Method Completion and signing Info Annual Service Provider relative effort Annual QSA effort Service provider assessed as part of (each) client’s assessment None May require onsite visit. Hours/days Client’s QSA:  Hours/days…