Posts Categorized: PCI DSS
The ASV Program Guide describes the various responsibilities for all parties involved in the PCI ASV Scanning process. There are a number of parties, but here we’re just concentrating on two. They are the scan customer (you) and the Approved Scanning Vendor (Ambersail). The following text is taken from the official ASV program guide, which… Read more »
Recently, we have started with a significant number of new clients on ASV scanning projects. This is the PCI scan on networks that needs to be performed by merchants and service providers. Nothing new in that. We have been an ASV for over ten years. What has caught our eye is what has prompted these… Read more »
AMEX now maintains a full list of all PCI DSS compliant service providers. Service providers pay a fee to register, and full details of the scheme are available directly from the AMEX web site.
How much penetration testing and vulnerability scanning does PCI DSS v3 require?
“Essentially, all merchant eCommerce sites that previously escaped mandatory security assessment can no longer be overlooked.” We now anticipate that many small merchants will find their web sites in scope for PCI compliance under PCI DSS v3. We wrote earlier this year concerning the potential for scope changes brought about by PCI DSS v3. Now that the official v3 SAQ documents… Read more »
The PCI SSC has released the official ROC reporting template for PCI DSS version 3. This is important because it now means that QSA companies such as Ambersail can now conduct on-site assessments using PCI DSS version 3. The reporting instructions are available for public inspection here.
“We know that there’s nothing more frustrating than getting a failure mark on your quarterly scan report.” But did you know there are 10 reasons why you would automatically fail should the scan make any of the following findings? Operating system versions no longer supported by the vendor. Windows 2000, older Linux distributions. Unsupported,… Read more »
“Information security means working with how things are, rather than how you want them to be.” We’ve all heard the apocryphal tale about the lost traveler asking for directions in a remote country village. You know the one: our traveler is hopelessly lost, the streets are empty. Just as his frustration seems complete, an elderly… Read more »
Any payment technology analyst will tell you that the payments market has exploded over the last few years. An explosion sounds great, but it also suggest fragmentation. Which is another way of saying that the customer has a confusing array of choices. Not that confusion is anything new. Everyone has, at some point, fumbled through a stack… Read more »