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The Future of Payment Security in Canada

Visa Canada’s document “The Future of Payment Security in Canada” published in October 2017 has a lot of interesting information. In addition to an overview of the fraud landscape in Canada it outlines the steps they are taking to reduce fraud. 1. Devalue Data 100% EMV Chip-Enabled Point-of-Sale (POS) Tokenization 2. Protect Sensitive Data Contactless…

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…