PCI-DSS Compliance Audit Software Solutions

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What is PCI-DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is an information security standard for any organization that handles branded credit cards from the major card providers. While the PCI standard is mandated by the card brands, it is managed and administered by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.

The PCI Security Standard Council (SSC) has developed the PCI Data Security Standard that is a set of twelve requirements that help ensure the security of credit card transactions in the payment industry. These standards are put into six group that provide both operational and technical requirements to build and maintain secure network and systems.

Requirement Grouping

Build and Maintain a Secure Network and Systems

Implement Strong Access Control Measures

Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program

Regularly Monitor and Test Networks

Maintain an Information Security Policy

Protect Cardholder Data

PCI-DSS Compliance Requirements

Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data

Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters

Protect stored cardholder data

Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks

Protect all systems against malware & regularly update anti-virus software or programs

Develop and maintain secure systems and applications

Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know

Identify and authenticate access to system components

Restrict physical access to cardholder data

Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data

Regularly test security systems and processes

Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel

Chef Compliance for PCI-DSS Audits

Companies that handle credit card data in any way are subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and know how difficult and time-consuming PCI audits can be.

Gathering relevant data that demonstrates how each and every configuration item in the cardholder data environment (CDE) is compliant, and has been over time, is often a manual process.

Thousands of hours of labor are required to collect information by hand and is very wasteful. It is critical for any organization subject to PCI to quickly pass its audit with as little manual work as necessary so teams can better focus on achieving business objectives.

By automating the processes related to PCI management, engineering teams can spend less time hunting down information to satisfy audit requests and more time doing product development.

Chef Compliance can help implement continuous security assessments that allow an organization to satisfy audit requirements at any time and make audits painless.

Adopting a continuous compliance approach allows you to quickly answer audit questions at any time, not just quarterly or yearly. With Chef Compliance, organizations can enter an audit cycle knowing their exact compliance posture, rather than being surprised by auditors who find weak points in your environment.

The 2020 Verizon Payment Security Report found that only 27% of organizations were able to maintain full compliance with the PCI-DSS, an 8.8% drop from the year before.

Teams can identify compliance issues or policy breaches rapidly and react quickly to triage and remediate problems even before auditors show up, demonstrating how compliance has evolved and improved over time.

Compliance is built on Chef core technology proven in large, complex environments over the past 10+ years. It is designed to help enterprises maintain compliance and prevent security incidents across heterogeneous hybrid and multi-cloud environments while improving speed and efficiency.

Standards-based audit and remediation content, easily tuned baselines, and comprehensive visibility and control make it easy to maintain and enforce compliance across your entire fleet, on-prem, in the cloud or on the edge.

Chef Compliance helps automate the standards by incorporating compliance processes into every stage of the development cycle based on the following Chef underlying core technologies.

Find out how Chef Compliance enables continuous compliance

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