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Whats the 411 on section 4.11 Managed Service Provider?

While completing a version 3.2 PCI DSS assessment, you will eventually get to section 4.11 titled Managed service providers.  (the section formerly known as 4.12 in version 3.1) Presuming that the assessed entity is a service provider, what constitutes a “managed” service provider? Section 4.11 does not shed much light on the topic.  Time to…

the Council Plans to Publish Scoping Guidance!

The latest news update for QSA’s includes news of an upcoming holiday gift for those in the PCI DSS world! The Security Standards Council plans to publish “Guidance for PCI DSS Scoping and Network Segmentation.”  in December 2016.  The Council informs that the guidance “aims to clarify scoping and segmentation principles provided in the PCI DSS”.…

Redirect, but don’t forget

  Thanks to the PCI Guru for bringing this story to my attention with this post. In the continued vein of “Don’t descope your redirecting ecommerce web server!“, the The Foregenix Digital Forensics and Incident Response Team talks about some of the risks that remain in your ecommerce payment channel, even if you are redirecting, using…

Does v3.2 require multifactor authentication to admin my router?

Lets ignore, for now, a risk based answer to the question. Does PCI DSS v3.2 require network device administrators to use multifactor authentication when accessing a router? Lets presume that network traffic containing the PAN traverses the router. PCI DSS v3.2 requirement 8.3.1 states: 8.3.1 Incorporate multi-factor authentication for all non-console access into the CDE…

TLS, SSL and PCI – The links

I got tired of hunting these down regularly.  Here are the official TLS and SSL reference links in one spot: SSL/Early TLS: Working with an ASV on Failed Scans http://blog.pcisecuritystandards.org/working-with-an-asv-on-failed-scans INFORMATION SUPPLEMENT Migrating from SSL and Early TLS Version 1.0 Date: April 2015 Author: PCI Security Standards Council – Includes: Preparing a Risk Mitigation and…

A new kind of fine related to non-compliance – $100K+

Dwolla (the online payment system)  claimed that it encrypted all sensitive personal information and that its security practices exceeded industry standards and achieved compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Supposedly the (USA) Consumer Financial Protection Bureau thinks that Dwolla failed to employ reasonable and appropriate measures to protect consumer data from…

PCI DSS 3.2

Have you read the PCI Security Standards Council blog post with a version 3.2 Q&A with Chief Technology Officer Troy Leach yet? Some of the highlights include: What’s in 3.2? evaluating additional multi-factor authentication for administrators within a Cardholder Data Environment (CDE); incorporating some of the Designated Entities Supplemental Validation (DESV) criteria for service providers;…