Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security

May 9 2009   9:49PM GMT

PCI DSS Self Assessment Questionnaire | Easier Said Than Done

Charles Denyer Charles Denyer Profile: Charles Denyer

PCI DSS Self Assessment questionnaires are used for the large and growing number of merchants who must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). In short, compliance can be obtained by conducting a “Self Assessment”. What’s important to note, however, is that there are five (5) different PCI DSS self assessment questionnaires.

Many merchants think that they can simply go through the questionnaires in a quick, one shot manner, and before you know it-they are compliant.

Unfortunately, it is not that easy as there can be a number of components that can cause hiccups in the PCI DSS self assessment process. First and foremost, merchants need to have documented policies and procedures for PCI DSS compliance. Writing these documented policies and procedures can be an arduous undertaking, to say the least. Additionally, there are numerous technology requirements that may be beyond the scope of a small merchant’s skill sets.

Talk to a PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)
to help you understand these issues and help give you clarity in becoming PCI DSS compliant.

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