New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance

Tempy Wright, Senior Segment Marketing Consultant, Dell SecureWorks | 11/9/2012 | 10 comments

Tempy Wright
If your organization has to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), you’ll want to visit the new Dell SecureWorks PCI Compliance Resource Center. Dell SecureWorks has assembled a collection of tools and information to help you understand the PCI DSS requirements, and how we can help you address them with our information security services.

The resource center features links to whitepapers, frequently asked questions, videos, and other content designed to help de-mystify PCI compliance. You can even take a short quiz to test your PCI compliance aptitude. You’ll also find links to recent and upcoming Webcasts such as Tuning Your PCI Program for Maximum Performance, Understanding the PCI Compliance Risk Ranking and Scanning Requirements, and Putting Out PCI Fires: How Next Gen Firewalls Can Help Your Compliance and Security Program, featuring PCI experts from Dell SecureWorks, Qualys, and Dell SonicWALL.

PCI DSS compliance requires any organization that transmits, processes, or stores data that contains payment card information to protect the privacy and confidentiality of that data. In addition to retailers, the PCI standards affect financial institutions, healthcare providers, transportation service providers, the food and hospitality industry, and payment service providers, among millions of others of organizations. The fines and penalties for non-compliance can be steep and can even lead to payment card privileges being revoked.

However, becoming PCI compliant can be difficult to achieve and even harder to maintain, even for larger merchants. According to the most recent statistics from Visa, approximately 97 percent of Level 1 merchants -- organizations with greater than 6 million transactions per year -- and 93 percent of Level 2 merchants have demonstrated PCI compliance within the past year. However, many of these organizations are still at risk for a data breach, as the PCI compliance standards are no substitute for a strong information security program.

In addition to meeting the requirements of PCI DSS, merchants and service providers must also validate their compliance each year, as well as submit a passing vulnerability scan performed by an ASV. Merchants must also undergo an annual onsite audit performed by a QSA or complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), depending on their merchant level. If a Level 2 to 4 merchant suffers a breach that results in a data compromise, it may be escalated to a Level 1 validation level. As an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) and Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Dell SecureWorks has helped hundreds of enterprise companies meet and maintain the PCI compliance requirements while improving their overall security program.

If your organization is dealing with PCI compliance, what are your biggest challenges or achievements? What information would you like to see included in future updates to the PCI Compliance Resource Center?

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batye   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   12/13/2012 1:23:33 AM
Re: Good to know
with new technology so many options available for employees to do training on they own...
MDMConsult   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   12/12/2012 5:36:05 PM
Re: Good to know
@Batye Yes. With the right training and compliance standards employees can successfully adhere to the organizations internal security measures. Having the resources to train effective employees teaches staff this knowledge to be able to properly identify potential threats and report them.
DBK   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   12/11/2012 11:20:32 PM
@ CM Tucker and there are more and more vendors on the market to help you with that request.  And as you look at companies like square they seem to be well positioned for mobile business, use your card any where, any time and often.
Technocrat   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   12/7/2012 11:32:26 PM
@CMTucker   Thanks for that information, I would rather someone else worry about it as well.
Technocrat   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   12/7/2012 11:30:57 PM
Re: Good to know
PCI compliance seems to be very difficult as well as it should be and I can see retailers and banks struggling to stay in compliance, this is certainly a necessary evil.

CMTucker   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   12/5/2012 10:20:37 AM
Some hosting companies like Liquid Web provide PCI compliant services for a decent price. If you've ever gone through the process it can be a nightmare with trying to comply with all of the CC companies. 

For me, it's worth paying someone to take care of it. 
batye   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   12/2/2012 3:26:49 AM
Re: Good to know
could not agree more, education and proper training  - it the only correct way... 
MDMConsult   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   12/1/2012 12:41:25 AM
Re: Good to know
Educating employees on handling cardholder data is an important concern. Protecting stored cardholder data is crucial for maintaining compliance.
nimanthad   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   11/30/2012 4:05:39 AM
Re: Good to know
Well that looks bad. I dont know why it happens but loooks pretty serious.
singlemud   New PCI Resource Center to Help Merchants With Compliance   11/16/2012 10:16:45 PM
Good to know
It is a comprehensive resource. The PCI compliance that bothers me before is that there are so many resource and talks on the Internet, but none is complete.

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