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November 17, 2009  7:42 PM

PCI DSS Readiness Assessments | Hire a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)



Posted by: Charles Denyer
charles denyer, merchants, pci dss compliance, pci dss readiness assessment, qsa, qualified security assessor, service providers

PCI DSS compliance can be an arduous undertaking for many service providers and merchants in today's business arena. Add to the fact the many organizations are unsure of the roadmap for PCI DSS compliance, it makes sense to hire a Qualified Security...

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September 25, 2009  1:34 PM

PCI DSS for DATA CENTERS | It’s only going to become MORE of a Requirement



Posted by: Charles Denyer
co-locations, data centers, managed services, payment card industry data security standards, PCI DSS, qsa, qualified security assessor

I attended a recent compliance conference for data centers and the phrase that kept coming up was PCI DSS. That's right, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, simply known as PCI DSS to millions, is spreading like a virus...


August 29, 2009  1:31 PM

PCI DSS Compliance | Watch out for the “Road Blocks”



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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PCI DSS Compliance, especially on-site reviews conducted by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), can take an immense amount of time in completing and receiving one's Report on Compliance (ROC). What most merchants and service providers fail to recognize is that there are numerous issues that could...


August 24, 2009  12:18 AM

MasterCard SDP Program | Attention Level 2 Merchants | PCI DSS



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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The MasterCard SDP Program has essentially made changes that now require Level 2 Merchants to have an annual on-site review of their security controls by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) for purposes of complying with PCI DSS. Let me state for the record, as a QSA, this is big news. There are...


August 23, 2009  4:42 PM

PCI DSS Compliance for Merchants | A Self-Assessment could be a thing of the Past



Posted by: Charles Denyer
charles denyer, gateways, mastercard, merchants, payment card industry data security standards, payment processors, PCI DSS, pci self assess, qsa, qualified security assessor, self assessment, self assessment questionnaires

PCI DSS Compliance for merchants is a hot topic indeed as witnessed by the large and ever growing number of businesses having to comply with PCI DSS. And to be fair, the vast majority can “self-assess” for compliance by answering a series of questions...


July 27, 2009  11:49 AM

PCI DSS Service Provider Levels for VISA | Level 1 to Level 3



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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PCI DSS Service Providers Levels for VISA are defined as the following: Level 1: All VisaNet processors (member and non-member) and all payment gateways. Level 2: Service Providers (agents) not in Level 1 that...


July 17, 2009  12:45 PM

PCI DSS Compliance | MasterCard SDP Changes Rules for Merchants



Posted by: Charles Denyer
charles denyer, mastercard, Matercard site data protection program, merchants level 2, pci dss qsa, pci dss self assessments, qsa, qualified security assessor, reciprocity, sdp program, service providers

MasterCard has recently announced changes to their Site Data Protection program, which now requires BOTH Level 1 and Level 2 Merchants to retain a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) to validate compliance in regards to PCI DSS. This is...


June 16, 2009  11:40 AM

PCI DSS Requirements for Service Providers | Expert Advice from a QSA



Posted by: Charles Denyer
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PCI DSS compliance is becoming a requirement for many service providers involved in the processing, storage, transmission, and switching of transaction data and cardholder data. In short, a service provider, for purposes of Payment Card Industry Data...


May 9, 2009  9:49 PM

PCI DSS Self Assessment Questionnaire | Easier Said Than Done



Posted by: Charles Denyer
charles denyer, payment card industry data security standards, PCI DSS, PCI DSS Self Assessment Questionnaire, pciassessment.org, qualified security assessor

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...


March 26, 2009  1:34 PM

Compliance with PCI DSS | Expert Advice from a PCI QSA



Posted by: Charles Denyer
charles denyer, compliance with pci dss, merchants, payment card industry, PCI DSS, pci dss self assessment, qsa, qualified security assessor, service providers

Compliance with PCI DSS can be daunting and a challenge indeed. However, simply breaking down the PCI DSS requirements and looking at it in a thought manner will help alleviate your concerns. As a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI...


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