PCI DSS compliance requires adherence to more than 300 security controls

Framework Snapshot

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of policies and procedures that secures credit, debit, and cash card transactions. PCI DSS was created jointly by Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express to protect cardholders from data theft and misuse of personal identifiable information (PII). PCI DSS compliance requires adherence to more than 300 security controls to ensure network security, encryption standards, and safeguarding data access.

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is a global forum of payments industry stakeholders whose mission is to develop and drive adoption of data security standards and resources for safe payments worldwide.

PCI DSS has six primary objectives:

  • Create a secure network for safe transactions
  • Protect cardholder data
  • Establish effective cybersecurity to withstand malicious hacking attempts
  • Restrict and control access to system information
  • Vigilant network monitoring and regular testing
  • Implement a formal information security policy

PCI DSS Automation: Compliance for Less

The SureShield platform simplifies PCI DSS compliance by automating technical controls and guiding you through operational controls. SureShield’s automation will reduce your overall PCI DSS compliance cost by up to 90% when compared to traditional, labor-intensive compliance methods. For organizations requiring compliance to multiple frameworks, crosswalk automation drives cost savings up toward 90%.

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    Benefits of PCI Compliance

    Build Trust

    Trust is foundational to successful e-commerce. Securely transmit and process payment details.

    Prevent Breaches

    Stronger firewalls, encryption, and a no-retention policy of cardholder details makes PCI-compliant businesses a less desirable target for cybercriminals.

    Meet Global Standards

    Be among international businesses who are committed to data security and protecting consumers.

    Credit cards account for most instances of identity theft and are widely available for sale on the Dark Web. Rigorous PCI DSS standards help ensure safe and secure payment card transactions for the hundreds of millions of people who use payment cards in person or on the web.

    PCI security standards were developed specifically to protect payment account data and enable IT solutions that devalue data on the open market, removing the incentive for cybercriminals to steal it in the first place. Security standards apply to merchants, service providers, financial institutions, security technologies and processes, developers, and vendors.

    The Requirements of PCI DSS Compliance

    1. Protect systems with firewalls
    2. Configure passwords and settings 
    3. Protect stored cardholder data
    4. Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
    5. Use and regularly update anti-virus software
    6. Regularly update and patch systems
    7. Restrict access to cardholder data to only those with a business need to know
    8. Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access
    9. Restrict physical access to workplace and cardholder data
    10. Implement logging and log management 
    11. Conduct vulnerability scans and penetration tests
    12. Documentation and risk assessments

    Activate PCI DSS framework


    Install scanner for compliance evidence gathering


    Review baseline evidence to score compliance control status


    Close compliance gaps


    Ongoing compliance and gap surveillance


    Enforced maintenance of compliance readiness

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