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PCI DSS: Survey Results Reveal More Focus on Complying than Complaining

Recently, our country was up in arms over the new airport security requirements imposed by the Transportation and Security Agency. Travelers complained that new full-body scanners and pat-downs at airport security checkpoints were inconvenient and invasive, and major concern ensued that objectors to the new regulations would cause significant delays over the Thanksgiving holiday — the busiest travel time of the year. Grassroots groups were encouraging travelers to either refrain from flying or opt out of full-body scans and choose the more time-consuming pat-downs as a protest. Despite all the hoopla, the Thanksgiving travel rush was not impacted by the new laws. In fact, a recent CBS poll revealed that 4 out of 5 people support the new security measures.

We as individuals like to whine about laws and regulations that keep us safe, and the same can be said for organizations. As Cisco security team members, we have heard our share of customers grumble about regulatory compliance requirements such as HIPAA, SOX, and most recently the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS). These regulations can be, at times, cumbersome to deal with. Yet, when asked in a recent Cisco-commissioned survey about their sentiments on PCI compliance, organizations were largely positive and on board with PCI.

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Keeping Your Credit Cards Safe – What’s New with PCI DSS 2.0

PCI DSS, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, is a set of standards that, more than many regulatory and compliance efforts, has real world relevance. PCI compliance can earn merchants tiered interchange rates and protection from fraud losses, while a lack of compliance can result in monthly fines of thousands or tens of thousands of dollars per month. Unlike some compliance efforts with relatively small penalties that are unlikely to be applied, PCI compliance has significant financial implications with a high probability of impact.

PCI DSS 2.0 is being released today. Earlier, we took a look ahead at some issues around PCI in a piece that you can read here.

So, now that we are on the cusp of a new set of standards, what’s new? Read More »

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Virtualization and PCI DSS 1.2.1

Will PCI 2.0 Bring Virtual Relief to Real Questions?

PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 1.2.1, which is a set of standards for retail and other verticals that defines the requirements for security compliance, is relatively simple and straightforward. 12 requirements define the spirit and intent of the standard. These are good, common sense guidelines and best practices that are derived from decades of experience keeping customer data secure. However, there are areas where PCI DSS could do a better job of handling what has become common, well accepted practices; virtualization is one of those areas. Read More »

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