Gartner Research

Ensuring a Successful PCI DSS Assessment

Published: 05 October 2015

ID: G00274745

Analyst(s): Jonathan Care

Summary

PCI DSS assessment is challenging. The required controls keep increasing, and selecting the right PCI assessor is difficult. Multiple stakeholders (including your bank) want a say. We provide CIOs and CISOs with guidance on how to manage the PCI DSS compliance process to success.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Make Use of Internal Security Assessors
  • Undertake Assessments On-Site and In-Person
  • Align Compliance to the Organization — Not the Other Way Around
  • Ensure That Assessments Cover All Aspects of the PCI DSS, Including Technical Security
  • Reduce the Scope of the PCI DSS Commitment to Manage the Compliance Burden
    • Data Discovery and Reduction
    • Tokenization of Card Data in Back-Office Systems
    • Out-tasking of Card Processing Facilities
    • Use of Point-to-Point Encryption for Card-Present Transactions
    • Network Segmentation of Remaining Cardholder Data Environment
  • Appendix
    • PCI DSS Background
    • Liability Under the PCI DSS
    • PCI ISA Training Requirements and Schedules

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2020 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.