Learn about the 5 biggest mistakes to avoid for PCI DSS compliance.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 17, 2013
Texas merchants, service providers and other entities involved in the processing, storage, and/or transmission of cardholder data must be PCI compliant – that’s a hard and fast rule. But the challenges arise when beginning the actual process of PCI compliance, as missteps and mishaps often occur right out of the gate, causing significant financial and operational challenges. Organizations can save thousands of dollars and hundreds of precious operational man-hours by taking proactive steps in avoiding 5 of the biggest obstacles regarding PCI compliance. Getting it right the first time is critical, so take the advice of PCI-QSA Charles Denyer, a provider of Texas PCI compliance audits.
As for Texas PCI compliance audits, they’re offered by PCI-QSA Charles Denyer of NDB Advisory (214-298-8532), and consist of Level 1 on-site assessments by a Qualified Security Assessor in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions.
1. No formal PCI DSS Readiness Assessment. PCI is large, complex, and dynamic in nature, so jumping in feet first without any real understanding of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards provisions is not a good idea. Crawl before you walk -as the old saying goes - and conduct a readiness assessment first and foremost.
2. Weak support from senior management. Too often, management has no real idea as to the efforts needed for successfully obtaining PCI compliance, which is unfortunate, to say the least. Getting "real" management approval and buy-in is a must.
3. Failing to properly understand PCI scope. What systems have to be PCI compliant? What third-parties are included in one's PCI compliance requirements? These questions - and many, many more - always pop us, so get a good grip and understanding of scope as it relates to PCI compliance.
4. Not conducting remediation efforts. Fixing what’s actually broken is a good motto to live by, especially when it comes to PCI compliance and the many areas requiring remediation.
5. Not recognizing the importance of policies and procedures. While compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is technical in nature, don’t forget about the need for PCI security policy templates for developing a comprehensive set of PCI policies and procedures.
Learn more about the 5 biggest obstacles to avoid for PCI DSS compliance.
Contact PCI-QSA Charles Denyer at 1-800-277-5415, ext. 705, or cdenyer(at)ndbcpa(dot)com, to learn more about NDB’s Texas PCI compliance assessment services.
Author: Charles Denyer