Requirement 6 of PCI DSS v1.2 states that in order to be compliant, an organization must: “Develop and maintain secure systems and applications” “Unscrupulous individuals use security vulnerabilities to gain privileged access to systems. Many of these vulnerabilities are fixed by vendor- provided security patches, which must be installed by the entities that manage the [...]
Requirement 4 of PCI DSS v1.2 states that we must: “Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks” Specifically, “Sensitive information must be encrypted during transmission over networks that are easily accessed by malicious individuals. Misconfigured wireless networks and vulnerabilities in legacy encryption and authentication protocols can be continued targets of malicious individuals who [...]
Requirement 3 of the PCI DSS v1.2 is: “Protect Stored Cardholder Data” As vague as that sounds, the PCI DSS enumerates exactly what that covers: Data Element Storage Permitted Protection Required PCI DSS Req 3.4 Primary Account Number Yes Yes Yes Cardholder Name* Yes Yes No Service Code* Yes Yes No Expiration Date* Yes Yes [...]
Requirement 2 of the PCI DSS v1.2 is: “Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters” Understanding that we’re limiting the discussion solely to MySQL (OS, Network Devices, and other software will no doubt apply to overall compliance), we can do this easily. The vendor-supplied default MySQL 5.1.43 (they’re similar across [...]
This blog post was inspired by a recent report of a Database Analyst at American Express stealing Credit Card data.
It’s amazing how many companies still follow a mainly “perimeter security” approach when it comes to controlling access to sensitive information—their focus is on network security using firewalls, advanced authentication options, and so on. Even with such measures, it’s very common to setup strong barriers to the outside world but very little by way of internal limits; most internal people have some level of access to servers that store and process sensitive data.
Well, there’s nothing wrong with pre-screening your stuff, or having access to the sensitive information, or setting up advanced …[Read more]