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PCI DSS - Checklist

Requirement 1: Build and Maintain a Secure Network This can be divided into two parts: Create a secure network Document your network Following steps should help you to achieve this: Identify your Card Holder Environment (CDE): If you are hosting your CDE on-premise then your local network is usually the CDE. It is preferable to have some demarcation for your CDE. This is usually achieved by means of a firewall. Secure your CDE: Most firewalls work on a whitelist model i.e. only the services that are explicitly allowed to pass are allowed, the rest are blocked. Firewall process document : You should document the list of services that are allowed across the firewall. This should consist of the IP addresses, ports and applications (in case of Next-generation firewalls) that have been allowed on the firewall. Not only the IP addresses, you should be able to map these IP addresses with the servers hosting your card related applications. Requirement 2 : Do Not Use Vendor Supplied Defaults Th


With over 257 billion card transactions for goods and services worldwide, the payment cards (credit or debit cards) serve as one of the most preferable modes of payment. In fact, many surveys show that over 70% people prefer card payments over cash. Payment Card - PCI DSS While alternate modes of payment are catching up (such as IBAN in Europe, UPI in India etc.), the card industry will continue to thrive for several years, on account of its worldwide acceptance, transaction success rate and ease of use. Of course, like all other electronic media, security is of paramount importance when it comes to payment cards. While there is a legal structure for protecting the interests of the card users, the underlying security (both infrastructure and application) is governed by PCI DSS compliance. So what is PCI DSS? It stands for Payment Cards Industry - Data Security Standards. Five different companies Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB International - each of them who alrea