Overview Of PCI Penetration Testing
Any business accepting or processing payment cards needs to comply with the PCI, or Payment Card Industry, Data Security Standards. This means maintaining a secure network, protecting cardholder data, managing vulnerabilities, implementing strong access control measures, and regularly monitoring and testing networks.
RedTeam Security PCI penetration testing helps you meet the PCI-DSS pentesting requirements by identifying exploitable vulnerabilities before cybercriminals are able to discover and exploit them. PCI testing will reveal real-world opportunities hackers might use to compromise POS devices, payment software, firewalls and more.
PCI security testing is an attack simulation carried out by our highly trained security consultants in an effort to:
- Identify PCI Data Security flaws present in the environment
- Understand your organization’s level of risk
- Help address and fix identified flaws
RedTeam Security PCI penetration testers have experience developing software —not just trying to break it. As a result of our PCI compliance testing, you’ll be able to view your payment security posture through the eyes of both a hacker and an experienced developer to discover where you can improve. Our consultants produce findings in written reports and provide your team with the guidance necessary to effectively remediate any issues we uncover.
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) can be a lucrative one–unfortunately, that’s true for both legitimate and illegitimate users. That’s what PCI requirements seek to address. Yet maintaining payment security standards can be challenging, particularly as the merchant or financial institution aims to find the best balance between security and operational needs.
Cybercriminals are highly motivated and the threat landscape is ever-evolving. It’s up to the merchant, financial institution, or vendor to keep up with PCI requirements to patch, fix, or deploy new software, firewalls, or other mechanisms to secure infrastructure in the face of fresh security vulnerabilities.
PCI Security Standards do more than protect your organization from cyber threats. These standards also secure the entire payment card ecosystem. One breach can cause a business to lose credibility (not to mention revenue), but the fallout stretches industry-wide with trust faltering for other merchants or financial institutions, too.
Penetration testing to confirm PCI Security Standards compliance can help identify vulnerabilities before cyber criminals discover and exploit them.
PCI DSS Requirements
The PCI Security Standards Council outlines the following Data Security Standards, also called the PCI DSS, to maintain payment security. If your organization uses payment devices, applications, and infrastructure, it’s required that you:
- Build and Maintain a Secure Network
- Protect Cardholder Data
- Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
- Implement Strong Access Control Measures
- Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
- Maintain an Information Security Policy
Further, as of January 31, 2018, all PCI service providers are also required to test their segmentation controls every six months and after any changes are made to segmentation controls or methods. This involves scoping all system components to:
- Identify how and where the organization receives cardholder data
- Document where account data is stored, processed, and transmitted
- Identify all other system components, processes, and personnel in scope
- Implement controls to minimize scope to necessary components, processes, and personnel
- Maintain and monitor processes to ensure continued compliance
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