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Achieving And Maintaining PCI DSS Compliance

PCI Qualified Security Assessor

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) specifies technical and operational requirements for all organizations that store, process or transmit credit card data. From the world’s largest corporations to the smallest brick and mortar store, if you handle credit card data, the PCI DSS applies to you. Given the huge volume of online purchases, financial transactions and banking inquires now made online, this standard is critical to both protect consumers and ensure companies are doing enough to safeguard payment card data. The problem? PCI DSS is both complex and constantly changing, making it difficult for even seasoned IT teams to navigate. HALOCK Security Labs can assist you in meeting PCI DSS requirements by helping organizations determine how the standard applies to them, providing guidance throughout the remediation process to close any compliance gaps, validating compliance and preparing and submitting required validation paperwork. With help from HALOCK, you can quickly answer critical PCI questions, such as:

How Do I Become PCI Compliant?

To satisfy PCI DSS requirements, companies must address specific concerns, including:

  • Scope Optimization – Determining the scope of the current PCI DSS cardholder data environment and identify the best strategy for optimizing scope to satisfy the business needs and drivers.
  • Cardholder data removal — As appropriate, organizations must remove credit card data to meet business and legal requirements and ensure it is not recoverable.

Closing compliance gaps — To achieve PCI DSS compliance, all applicable requirements have to be addressed. As your PCI QSA, HALOCK can help ensure your remediation efforts will meet compliance requirements.

Am I PCI Compliant?

Perhaps you’ve already made efforts to satisfy PCI DSS standards but aren’t sure if you’re hitting the mark. HALOCK can review the scope of PCI compliance for your organization and each applicable DSS requirement to help you determine if you are ready to validate compliance.

How Do I Show PCI Compliance?

Different transaction volumes and types require different demonstrations of compliance — whether your transaction volume demands a full on-site assessment and PCI DSS Report on Compliance (ROC) or you need to fill out a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), our Qualified Security Asessors (QSAs) can help you compile the required evidence, audit security controls, and author the appropriate compliance reports to register and demonstrate your PCI compliance.

How Do I Stay PCI Compliant?

While achieving PCI compliance is a point-in-time event, adhering to the PCI DSS and maintaining PCI compliance is a continuous process. From providing ad hoc counseling and advisory services to facilitating an ongoing PCI compliance program, HALOCK has the experience and expertise to get you compliant and help you stay compliant over time.

For many companies, achieving and maintaining PCI compliance seems both daunting and difficult to attain. HALOCK can guide you through the process to PCI compliance with a focus on not only PCI DSS requirements, but what is best for your organization. Our Purpose Driven Security® philosophy and approach will help you reach PCI compliance in a manner that is aligned with your mission, in addition to giving you the technical and operational infrastructure required to maintain that compliance over time. If you store, process or transmit cardholder data, need PCI assistance, or have questions about PCI compliance, contact HALOCK today.