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Ensuring a Successful PCI DSS Assessment

Published: 05 October 2015

ID: G00274745

Analyst(s): Jonathan Care


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



  • 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

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