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Category: Vulnerability Management

Can switches get updates from the internet and remain PCI compliant?

Assessed entity question:  Can switches get updates from the internet, and remain PCI compliant? QSA’s Sarcastic Question: Where else do patches come from?  🙂  I presume you mean the device actively getting updated from the internet. QSA’s Real Questions: What kind of switches do this? What is the exact mechanism? What is the direction of…

Critical Cybersecurity Hygiene project “Patching the Enterprise”

What is the Critical Cybersecurity Hygiene project “Patching the Enterprise”? The objective of this project is to demonstrate a proposed approach for improving enterprise patching practices for general IT systems. Commercial and open source tools will be used to aid with the most challenging aspects of patching, including system characterization and prioritization, patch testing, and…

Vulnerability scans are not for req 6.1

Requirement 6.1 is my favourite PCI DSS requirement!  No fancy tools required.  No specialized knowledge.  It can be largely executed by a person on the helpdesk.    And the impact to the overall security posture organization can be huge.  More than that expensive network appliance.  More than that fancy SIEM.  More than that overpriced vulnerability…

Does an SAQ-A merchant need ASV scans?

If a merchant is eligible to complete a SAQ-A to report on the results of their compliance assessment, are they required to engage an ASV (approved scanning vendor) to complete external vulnerability scans? The Merchant must always comply with their Acquirer’s direction. V3.1 of the SAQ A does not include requirement 11.2.2  Only SAQ A-EP,…