Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security

Jun 19 2009   10:00PM GMT

PCI DSS Level 1 Compliance for Merchants and Service Providers | Helpful Tips

Charles Denyer Charles Denyer Profile: Charles Denyer

PCI DSS Level 1 Compliance for Merchants and Service Providers can be a daunting task, but there are a number of proactive steps to take to help mitigate and hopefully eliminate cost and time overruns.

There’s quite a bit you can do to help prepare your organization for PCI DSS Level 1 compliance, so let’s start with some of the basics and move forward in subsequent blogs.

First and foremost, READ the PCI DSS standard, from front to back. Sure, it will take some time, but you will be able to much better grasp and understand the dynamics of PCI compliance. There are 12 main requirements, each one is quite specific in their demands, so break them up and spend time truly digesting what each Requirement means.

Second, conduct a PCI DSS Readiness Assessment (either internally or preferably with a PCI QSA). Why? You need to be able to generate a gap analysis to see where your weaknesses are and what steps you will need to take to correct them. So, that’s just a start. I’ll be writing more in later blogs, so stay tuned.

To learn more about PCI compliance, visit pciassessment.org

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