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Changes to the PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire help businesses more easily comply with data-security standards.

Changes to the PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire help businesses more easily comply with data-security standards.
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Changing for the Better

It’s important to understand PCI DSS and the new compliance changes, which should help you boost your data protection with more reasonable SAQs.

Data protection, and especially credit-card protection, is utmost in the minds of POS businesses. Now, armed with some PCI DSS knowledge and the regulation changes, you should be prepared to better secure your environment.

Resources

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council Web site (www.pcisecuritystandards.org) is the authoritative place for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) information, including the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.

Additionally, each major credit-card company has its own security program. While these aren’t part of PCI DSS, the vendors are members of the PCI Security Standards Council, and I’ve found these sites valuable in obtaining good security information. Here are links to these programs:

VISA Cardholder Information Security Program
https://usa.visa.com/partner-with-us/pci-dss-compliance-information.html

MasterCard Site Data Protection Program
www.mastercard.com/us/sdp/index.html

Discover Information Security and Compliance
www.discovernetwork.com/fraudsecurity/disc.html

American Express Data Security Operating Policy
https://www209.americanexpress.com/merchant/singlevoice/dsw/FrontServlet?request_type=dsw&pg_nm=home&ln=en&frm=US

—M.R.

Michael Ryan is a technical editor with IBM Systems Magazine. Michael can be reached at michael@ryantechnology.com.



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