PCI Penetration Testing
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PCI DSS Compliance
Wikipedia defines PCI DSS as ‘The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard ‘ is an information security standard for organizations that handle branded credit cards from the major card schemes.
Regular assessments are required as key controls mandated by PCI DSS to protect CDE systems and data. PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) state the penetration testing requirements:
- PCI Requirement 6.6 states protecting internet-facing applications from new threats and vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis.
- PCI Requirement 11 outlines ‘regularly test security systems and processes’.
What is PCI penetration testing?
PCI penetration testing is performed to identify security vulnerabilities in line with PCI DSS requirements. It is targeted on the internal systems that store, process or transmit cardholder data, public-facing devices and systems and databases. Segmentation controls are verified as part of segmentation pen tests. External penetration testing is performed on the internet facing systems. This is not a vulnerability scan.
This is a controlled form of an ethical hacking exercise with the following objectives:
- Assess the security controls in line with PCI DSS compliance requirements
- Determine whether a threat actor could gain unauthorised access to CDE systems that store, process or transmit payment data
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What are the 12 requirements of PCI DSS Compliance?
1: Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data
2: Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters
3: Protect stored cardholder data
4: Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
5: Protect all systems against malware and regularly update anti-virus software or programs
6: Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
7: Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know
8: Identify and authenticate access to system components
9: Restrict physical access to cardholder data
10: Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
11: Regularly test security systems and processes
12: Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel
Types of PCI DSS penetration testing services
Based on the scope of assets within CDE, any of the following types of services can be aligned to PCI requirements. This is performed by experienced and qualified penetration testers.
PCI Internal Penetration Testing
Internal pentesting services cover a broad spectrum of services - from simple one server review to multi-network estate wide active directory reviews.
Cloud Pen Testing
Most organizations are migrating to cloud due to ease of use and 24 x 7 availability. As an end user of cloud hosted solution, it is your responsibility to ensure that the security of assets in cloud.
Vulnerability assessments provide insight into vulnerabilities affecting your internal and external networks.
It helps to identify and quantify the potential risks threatening your environment while minimising internal costs.
Mobile Pen Testing
Ensuring the safety and security of user data is paramount to running any mobile applications.
Our tailored services are designed to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities before it’s too late to limit the damage.
Segmentation Penetration Tests
PCI Network segmentation testing checks whether internal segments have restrictive controls in place. Fundamental concepts behind segmentation penetration test include switch based VLAN security controls or internal firewalling.
Benefits of PCI DSS penetration testing & vulnerability analysis
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