How Do I get PCI DSS Certified?

Published on : 31 Jul 2021

How do I Get PCI DSS Certified

Payment card industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance is mandated by credit card companies to ensure the security of credit card transactions in the payments industry. Compliance refers to the technical and operational standards that businesses are required follow to secure and protect credit card data provided by cardholders and transmitted through card processing transactions.

PCI standards for compliance are developed and managed by the PCI Security Standards Council. They have outlined 12 PCI DSS Requirements that businesses must follow for achieving compliance. The 12 PCI DSS compliance Requirements focuses on the protection of cardholder data and includes-

  1. Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data
  2. Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters
  3. Protect stored cardholder data
  4. Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
  5. Use and regularly update anti-virus software or programs
  6. Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
  7. Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know
  8. Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access
  9. Restrict physical access to cardholder data
  10. Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
  11. Regularly test security systems and processes
  12. Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel

Organizations that fulfill these requirements will most likely attain PCI DSS Compliance. Organizations will have to assess their environment, define scope, identify gaps against compliance requirements, implement necessary security measures and pass the Compliance audit to attain PCI DSS Compliance. However, since the process is not easy, organizations are required to consult a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) certified and listed by the PCI Council for guidance to attain compliance.

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Narendra Sahoo
Narendra Sahoo

Narendra Sahoo (PCI QPA, PCI QSA, PCI SSF ASSESSOR, CISSP, CISA, CRISC, 27001 LA) is the Founder and Director of VISTA InfoSec, a global Information Security Consulting firm, based in the US, Singapore & India. Mr. Sahoo holds more than 25 years of experience in the IT Industry, with expertise in Information Risk Consulting, Assessment, & Compliance services. VISTA InfoSec specializes in Information Security audit, consulting and certification services which include GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, NESA, MAS-TRM, PCI DSS Compliance & Audit, PCI PIN, SOC2 Compliance & Audit, PDPA, PDPB to name a few. The company has for years (since 2004) worked with organizations across the globe to address the Regulatory and Information Security challenges in their industry. VISTA InfoSec has been instrumental in helping top multinational companies achieve compliance and secure their IT infrastructure.