Brief on PCI DSS Audit & Certification

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of Information Security Standards formed in 2004 by major credit card companies including Visa, MasterCard, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, and American Express. Governed by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), the Standard aims to secure the process of credit card and debit card transactions against theft/fraud. Although, the set Standard is not a legal obligation, but is a requirement to safeguard cardholder data and Debit/Credit card transactions. So, all organizations that accept and process Debit/Credit card payments are expected to undertake an annual PCI DSS Audit. This would typically include an audit of security controls and processes, covering data security such as retention, encryption, physical security, authentication, and access management.

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    Our Approach to PCI DSS Advisory and Certification

    Initial study
    Initial study

    Conduct an initial study of business to understand your card processes, the environment and accordingly consolidate the PCI scope.

    Scope Definition
    Scope Definition

    Confirm systems that fall under the PCI DSS scope and formulate the scope statement.

    Gap Analysis
    Gap Analysis

    Identify gaps in your organization’s security control systems and environment vis-à-vis PCI DSS requirements.

    Data Leakage Assessment
    Data Leakage Assessment

    Conduct a thorough data leakage assessment of your application and assist in remediation.

    Awareness Sessions
    Awareness Sessions

    Conducts awareness sessions for your IT Team and personnel involved in the card data processing, on a quick background to PCI DSS.

    Data & Assets Classification
    Data & Assets Classification

    Identify your information assets across the organization and classify them as per criticality to create an asset inventory.

    Risk Assessment
    Risk Assessment

    Conducts risk assessment to identify assets exposed to risk and assess how it could impact your organization.

    Risk Treatment
    Risk Treatment

    Provide you detailed remediation strategies including the recommendation of compensating controls as applicable that can help your organization strengthen its security posture.

    Documentation Support
    Documentation Support

    Create policies and procedures as per PCI DSS requirements which are then validated by your team.

    Policy role out support
    Policy role out support

    Provide full support to your team in implementing necessary policies for your organization.

    User Training
    User Training

    Conduct a User Training program for all personnel covered in scope on their specific responsibilities.

    Pre-Assessment
    Pre-Assessment

    After a reasonable gestation period, our separate team of experts conducts a Pre-assessment (internal audit) of your setup to check whether the suggested measures are implemented and in place.

    Audit & Attestation
    Audit & Attestation

    Once all controls are confirmed to be in place, we help you get attested with our own duly segregated QSA audit team or any external auditors of your choice.

    Benefits to work with vistainfsoec

    Why work with VISTA InfoSec?

    Vendor-neutral Consultancy & Advisory Service Company.
    Strict no Outsourcing Policy.
    Secure Cloud-based portals with two-factor authentication for reporting and progress tracking.
    Specialize in Risk Management, Compliance Solutions, and Consultancy Services.
    Focus on Cyber Resilience, Data Protection, and Cyber security Solutions.
    Pragmatic Approach towards achieving Compliance.
    More than a decade of industry experience and expertise.
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions on PCI DSS Advisory and Certification

    The PCI DSS is an information security standard for organizations that process, transmits, and store credit card details. This would typically include merchants, processors, acquirers, issuers, and service providers dealing with sensitive cardholder data. View a quick 5 mins video on this topic

    PCI DSS Audit cost for an average-sized company starts at $10000. Pricing for a PCI DSS audit depends on several factors, including your type of organization, the number of annual transactions, payment applications, physical locations, whether first time or recertification and other additional services as well.

    On average it takes 4-6 weeks to complete an end-to-end PCI DSS Audit. However, the timeline greatly depends on the time taken for implementing the remediation suggested in the gap analysis.

    You will receive Audit reports (ROC/SAQ, AOC) documenting the details on how networks and physical environments are protected against threats. You will even get a PCI DSS Certificate of Compliance on successful completion of the audit, demonstrating your commitment to Industry Standard Compliance.

    PCI DSS Certification is only valid for a year or 12 months from the date of issue.

    As per the Industry standard requirement, a PCI DSS Audit must be performed annually, or when significant changes are introduced that may impact systems and network in an environment.

    Considered the best practice to secure sensitive cardholder data.
    Strengthens the security around the Cardholder Data Environment.
    Ensures tracking and monitoring of all access to cardholder data.
    Helps improve customer relationships and trust.
    Prevents the possibility of data breach/theft.

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