Five Tips to Prepare Your Business for PCI DSS 3.0

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Regularly Test Security Systems and Processes

PCI standards only require a quarterly scan of security systems, so it's a good idea to take a continuous security approach to regularly monitor and ensure the effectiveness of your organization's security controls are maintained on a continual basis. Threats come from within and outside the organization, so it's important to test both internal and external networks daily. Use vulnerability scanning products and services including web application scanning to address ongoing assessment of web applications and fulfill PCI requirements. The result will be increased accuracy, improved efficiency and significant time and cost savings.

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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