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Planning for PCI DSS 4.0

The development process has begun for PCI DSS 4.0, the latest revision of the PCI standard aimed at supporting businesses in their efforts to safeguard payment card data. 

PCI DSS 4.0 is planned for a late 2020 release and will be the result of industry input gathered during the 2017 Request for Comments (RFC) period as well as future RFC periods that will be posted on the PCI SSC website.

According to initial industry feedback, the PCI SSC will be reviewing the specific areas of:

1.       Authentication, especially regarding the...

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QSA Rotation

In our commitment to providing quality PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) assessments, we support the recently raised best practice of Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Rotation. Discussions within the assessor community have focused on driving quality in PCI DSS assessments, and the idea of rotating the QSA emerged as a best practice. The PCI Standards Security Council has embraced this best practice and encourages organizations to consider and explore this strategy.

QSA Rotation calls for an organization to change the QSA who has been routinely conducting the...

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Dara Security is a PCI Qualified Assessor Company

We are proud to have earned the PCI Qualified PIN Assessor (PCI QPA) certification which allows us to perform assessments using the PCI PIN Security Standard. With our PCI QPA certification, we have demonstrated that we are equipped with the latest knowledge and tools to assist payment stakeholders to comply with Version 3.0 of the PCI PIN Security Standard.

By utilizing a PCI QPA company to conduct the PCI PIN assessment, a merchant or service provider can be confident that:

·         the auditor has the required skills and...

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The Status of EMV

Conversion from magnetic-stripe payment cards to EMV (Europay, Mastercard, and Visa) chip cards boomed when EMV conversion first launched, and recent data from Visa Inc shows that conversion efforts continue to grow.

EMV conversion was first introduced in 2015 when the major card networks established a liability shift from issuers to merchants. Beginning in October 2015, merchants assumed the responsibility for financial losses due to counterfeit fraud if their POS terminals could not accept chip cards. As merchants gave chip technology top priority, EMV conversion grew rapidly...

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The PCI SSF – Your Questions Answered

In response to questions we’ve received regarding the PCI Software Security Framework (PCI SSF), we’ve compiled the following answers to clarify the PCI Council’s newest standards.


Does the PCI SSF apply to me?

The PCI SSF is currently composed of two standards: 

1.       Secure Software Standard (SSS)

2.       Secure Software Lifecycle Standard (SSLC)

The SSS applies to payment software that is sold, distributed, or licensed to third parties. This...

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