PCI DSS

3 Security Trends that will Continue in 2017

With the ushering in of another new year, I find myself acting nostalgic, wondering where the previous year went and of course pondering the year ahead. Here are three security and commerce trends which will continue in 2017. Healthcare Data Breach According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, healthcare data breaches …

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Visa Global Registry of Service Providers: Are you on the list?

Visa has released new tools and changes, which add value to service providers who store, process, or transmit cardholder data on behalf of merchants or other entities. For years, Visa has offered service providers the Visa Global Registry of Service Providers, a prestigious list of entities which meet certain …

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Revision in MasterCard’s Cardholder Obligations: Does It Affect You?

MasterCard has revised its Standards to allow for collection agents to accept signature debit cards in the US. This revision is effective immediately and will be reflected in upcoming versions of MasterCard Rules. This change does not affect MasterCard’s credit transaction rules, and those transactions will remain prohibited as …

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What to Expect from PCI DSS 3.2

Earlier this year, we wrote about how to prepare for PCI DSS 3.2. Now, organizations should begin to implement changes with the PCI DSS 3.2 official release. These standards should be adopted as soon as is possible, as version 3.1 will expire on October 31, …

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PCI DSS Scoping for Colocation Providers: To Include or Not to Include?

Author: Dustin Rich, CISSP, (ISC)2, CISA, ISACA, PCI QSA, PA QSA, MCSE, CCNA, CCA, and Managing Consultant at A-LIGN. A-LIGN is heavily involved in the colocation industry, performing PCI DSS assessments as well as additional compliance audits to colocation providers throughout the US, as well …

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Preparing for PCI DSS 3.2 in 2016

  Author: Dustin Rich, CISSP, (ISC)2, CISA, ISACA, PCI QSA, PA QSA, MCSE, CCNA, CCA, and Managing Consultant at A-LIGN. This update, which will likely take place of the previously anticipated Q4 2016 update, will include changes that aim to take into account …

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The New Standard: PCI DSS 3.1

On April 15, 2015, The PCI Security Standards Council published the PCI DSS Version 3.1.  Within the update, there were 3 types of changes that were noted.  They included: Clarifications: Clarifies the intents of the requirements.  Additional Guidance: Explanations with the purpose of providing further information on the requirements. Evolving Requirement: Changes to the requirements to keep up with emerging threats and updates within the market.

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Relevant Audit Selection for Cloud Providers

Just as in physical storage, cloud service providers are used to store sensitive data.  This can be anything from credit card information to personal information such as social security numbers.  There are three key cloud services:  Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  The storage of sensitive data will inevitably lead a cloud service provider to need a specific audit performed by a third-party entity, such as A-LIGN, due to legal, regulatory and/or contractual obligations.  It is important for cloud service providers to understand its obligations first when selecting an audit.  

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Countdown to PCI DSS 3.0 : Lessons Learned from Early Adopters

As most of us know, the PCI DSS assessment effectively moved from version 2.0 to 3.0 at the beginning of 2014.  The new 3.0 version raises security standards to help organizations focus more on the actual payment security aspect rather than the compliance itself.  Having performed many PCI DSS 3.0 assessments this year, we want to share what we’ve learned from working with these early adopter clients.

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Hacking The Holidays: Protect Your Credit Card Information

Unfortunately, the Grinch is not the only one out there wishing to steal Christmas.  While the holidays generally encompass a time of joy and giving, it can also bring with its share of troubles.  It is during these times that people will most often let their guard down.  In the search for the best deal, or perfect gift, people will often overlook or forget about Internet safety precautions.

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