Five Tips to Prepare Your Business for PCI DSS 3.0

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Implement a Risk-Based Approach to Security

Build security risks into your business practices daily. This is true of any corporate-wide policies in place and it's critical to understand, identify and maintain an inventory of system components in scope for PCI DSS. Don't just rely on a "compliance checklist." In order to remain fully compliant in the long term, organizations must treat compliance as an ongoing process across all business units and make security a priority, rather than a one-time "set it and forget it" project. PCI DSS 3.0 has introduced additional requirements and recommendations requiring more frequent and thorough assessment of controls in your environment.

In today's global marketplace, credit card breaches are widespread, affecting everyone from small and medium-sized businesses to Fortune 100 corporations. As we've seen with recent retail breaches at Home Depot, Kmart, Target, Michaels and others, cardholder data (CHD) has become a more prevalent target, and there's an increasing need to implement stronger security measures to protect consumers and their data. Businesses that manage CHD are required to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard 3.0 (PCI DSS 3.0).

The PCI DSS 3.0 standard was effective January 1, 2014, however, organizations that were compliant with the requirements in PCI DSS 2.0 have an extended deadline and must comply with the new standard by January 1, 2015. The updated standards provide baseline security measures to align organizations more closely with industry best practices, and drive them to build the practices into their daily operations. PCI DSS is no longer a once-a-year auditing activity. It's now a continuous day-to-day practice. In this slideshow, cloud security vendor Qualys provides five tips to prepare your business for PCI 3.0.


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