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Evaluating the differences: What businesses should know about PCI DSS v4.0 versus v3.2.1

In the realm of payment security, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) provides a critical framework that guides businesses to protect cardholder information against breaches and fraud. As the digital landscape evolves and cybersecurity threats become increasingly sophisticated, the PCI DSS sets guidelines and requirements for securing payment card data, with periodic updates to address emerging threats.

PCI DSS Requirement 8 - Changes from v3.2.1 to v4.0 Explained

In our ongoing series of articles on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), we’ve been examining each requirement in detail. Today, we turn our attention to Requirement 8: Identify Users and Authenticate Access to System Components. This requirement is built on two fundamental principles User identification and authentication,1) identifying individuals or processes on a system and 2) verifying their authenticity.

Why There's No Such Thing as PCI Certification

If your business takes debit or credit card payments online or in person, you’ve most likely heard of “PCI DSS” or “PCI SSC.” These words relate to sensitive data security procedures, namely the controls that a retailer or payment processor should have to protect payment card data from cyber attacks. Being PCI compliant does not ensure a company’s systems are safe; nonetheless, it is a significant step in that direction.

PCI DSS Requirement 7 - Changes from v3.2.1 to v4.0 Explained

Welcome back to our ongoing series on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements. Having covered the first six requirements in detail, we now turn our attention to Requirement 7. This requirement is a critical component of the PCI DSS that has undergone significant changes from version 3.2.1 to the latest version 4.0. Requirement 7 focuses on implementing strong access control measures.

PCI DSS Compliance - Meeting the Third-Party Vendor Requirements

Today, almost every organization is engaged with a third-party vendor at some level when offering products or services. Take, for instance, an e-commerce business that may not be able to function properly unless multiple third-party integrations are involved, such as CRMs, payment gateways, live chat APIs, or a shipping gateway, to name a few.

PCI DSS Requirement 6 - Changes from v3.2.1 to v4.0 Explained

Welcome back to our series on PCI DSS Requirement Changes from v3.2.1 to v4.0. Today, we’re discussing Requirement 6, which is crucial for protecting cardholder data. It mandates the use of vendor-supplied security patches and secure coding practices for in-house developed applications. These measures help mitigate vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. The requirement also emphasizes the importance of vigilance in identifying and remediating vulnerabilities.

PCI DSS and penetration testing

PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is a set of security controls created to ensure all companies that accept, process, store or transmit credit card data maintain an audit-ready environment. Version 4.0 was published in March 2022; organizations required to be compliant have until March 31, 2024, when compliance must be complete.

PCI DSS Requirement 5 - Changes from v3.2.1 to v4.0 Explained

Welcome back to our ongoing series on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). We’ve been journeying through the various requirements of this critical security standard, and today, we’re moving forward to explore Requirement 5 of PCI DSS v4.0.

PCI DSS Requirement 4 - Changes from v3.2.1 to v4.0 Explained

Welcome back to our ongoing series on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). In our previous posts, we’ve covered the various requirements of this critical security standard. Today, we’re going to delve into Requirement 4, which focuses on protecting cardholder data with strong cryptography during transmission over open, public networks.

PCI DSS Requirement 2 - Changes from v3.2.1 to v4.0 Explained

In our last discussion, we explored the evolution of Requirement 1 in the transition from PCI DSS v3.2.1 to v4.0, with a particular emphasis on the move towards ‘network security controls’. As we continue our exploration of the updated PCI DSS v4.0, today’s focus will be on the transformations in Requirement 2.