Five Tips to Prepare Your Business for PCI DSS 3.0

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Maintain a Vigilant Policy Compliance Program

Organizations are required to meet the demands of internal and external auditors by providing evidence on how they meet the complex requirements of multiple regulatory mandates, industry standards, and compliance frameworks. By maintaining a vigilant policy compliance program using automated management processes, companies can reduce risk and continuously provide proof of compliance demanded by auditors across multiple compliance initiatives. As an added bonus, a policy compliance program helps identify and assess key security settings in your systems, which indirectly helps improve PCI compliance.

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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