That’s Not My Responsibility (or Why You Need a Responsibility Matrix)


One of the worst things you can hear during your PCI assessment (aside from maybe finding out about unprotected cardholder data) is your service provider saying “That’s not my responsibility”. Suddenly, you find yourself pushing your service provider to do things differently, facing unforeseen costs, and facing a potentially long remediation period. Having a responsibility [...]

That’s Not My Responsibility (or Why You Need a Responsibility Matrix)2020-03-18T11:49:48+13:00

What’s My Risk?


PCI DSS requires you to regularly understand and review the risks that are applicable to your environment. There area number of different ways that you can understand and document your risks, including OCTAVE, ISO 27005, and NIST SP 800-30. This article explains one way that you can approach understanding and documenting your risks, but you [...]

What’s My Risk?2020-03-18T11:50:16+13:00

What Are My Reporting Requirements?


Caveat: This isn’t a post about which Self-Assessment Questionnaire SAQ you should use. You can confirm that by speaking with your acquiring bank. Confide can assist in these conversations and give our opinion on what SAQ we believe is correct, but your acquiring bank will make the final decision. There are a lot of acronyms [...]

What Are My Reporting Requirements?2020-03-19T11:14:42+13:00

Secure Your Terminals


Merchants with EFTPOS terminals have a set of requirements specific to card-present transaction security. That's because card-skimming can happen anywhere, and it even happens in New Zealand! In this article, we want to help you understand how to protect the devices that your customers interact with to pay you. Know Your Devices PCI requires [...]

Secure Your Terminals2020-03-18T11:51:11+13:00

Automated Pen-testing and PCI DSS: A QSA Perspective


Automated penetration testing (pen-testing) is an up-and-coming approach that aims to address the issues businesses face with more traditional approaches to pen-testing, which relies almost completely on the skill and experience of pen-testers and the budget and timeframes applied to the pen-testing engagement. […]

Automated Pen-testing and PCI DSS: A QSA Perspective2020-06-02T12:34:52+13:00

Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Scanning, What’s the Difference?


Two of the terms that frequently get misused (and often are interchanged) are vulnerability scanning and penetration testing. These two items are different and meet different parts of the PCI requirement. In fact, these terms get confused so often that the PCI SSC even published information on the differences between them. In this article we [...]

Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Scanning, What’s the Difference?2020-03-18T13:04:03+13:00

What Do I Need to Scan to be Compliant?


The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requires several types of scanning to be completed. This article provides an overview of the types of scanning, frequency for scans, and what it typically applies to in the environment. The table below provides a summary of this. Edit [...]

What Do I Need to Scan to be Compliant?2020-05-14T12:30:57+13:00

My Service Provider Isn’t Compliant, Now What?


Currently, there is no requirement to use a PCI compliant service provider (although the card brands and banks may require you to do so). If you are outsourcing some of your compliance responsibilities to a third-party, you need to understand what this means for your own PCI DSS compliance. If you use a service provider [...]

My Service Provider Isn’t Compliant, Now What?2020-03-18T12:00:39+13:00