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PCI-DSS Penetration Testing Compliance Services

Our services help organizations easily comply with the PCI-DSS penetration testing requirements with minimal overhead.

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What is PCi-DSS Compliance?

PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is a set of technical and organizational requirements designed to help businesses protect their customers’ credit card data against fraud through robust payment security measures. In other words, PCI-DSS is enforced by the founding members of the PCI Council: American Express, Therefore, discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard, and Visa Inc.

In other words, to ensure the security of card data, one of PCI’s key security controls requires organizations to perform a yearly security assessment of their card-handling systems, to fix any technical vulnerability that could potentially compromise card payments or their processing.

Our penetration testing services are designed to facilitate compliance with the PCI DSS penetration testing requirements.

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What is the Scope of a PCI-DSS Penetration Test?​

Most importantly, PCI-DSS requirements mandate to clarify that organizations test the security of any systems as long as involved with card processing.

Certainly, this is particularly why the testing scope to achieve PCI compliance may vary from one organization to another, consequently, depending on the extent of their cardholder data environment (CDE).

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PCI-DSS Penetration Testing Requirements​

For instance, our services have helped hundreds of organizations comply with the PCI-DSS  during, subsequently, yearly pentesting requirements:

PCI DSS Requirement 6.1

Consequently, establish a process analogous to identifying security vulnerabilities to get a secure network. Likewise, in your internal and external applications, that is to say, by using reputable outside sources for security vulnerability information security, after that, assign a risk ranking (for example, as ‘high,’ ‘medium,’ or ‘low’) to newly discovered security vulnerabilities.

PCI DSS Requirement 6.2

Firstly, ensure that all software and system components are protected from known vulnerabilities, consequently, by installing the applicable security patches provided by the supplier. Above all, you must install the patches within the first month following their release.

PCI DSS Requirement 11.3.1

Also perform external penetration tests at least once a year and after all significant changes or upgrades to the infrastructure / application (for example, additionally upgrading the system, adding a subnet or web server to the environment, etc.).

PCI DSS Requirement 11.3.2

Accordingly perform internal penetration tests at least once a year and after any change or accordingly upgrade significant infrastructure or the application (for example, consequently upgrade of the operating system or adding a subnet or web server in the environment).

PCI DSS Requirement 11.3.3

As a result vulnerabilities found during the penetration tests must be fixed and additional testing must be performed until the identified vulnerabilities have been successfully corrected.

PCI DSS Requirement 11.3.4

If segmentation is used to isolate the CDE from another secure network, then penetration tests must be performed less than once a year and following modification of the methods/controls of segmentation to verify that the segmentation methods are operational and effective.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is an overwhelming amount of information to decipher when it comes to PCI compliance. If you couldn’t find the answer to your question below, don’t hesitate to ask an expert.

Our services are specially designed to ensure that you meet the PCI-DSS requirements information security efficiently, without any guessing games. 

We will provide evidence, through a technical report and an official attestation, that you have identified and successfully fixed any exploitable vulnerabilities within card processing systems and your external infrastructure

Thus, allowing your organization to comply with the PCI-DSS 6.x and 11.3.x requirements.

The cost of a PCI penetration test varies significantly according to the scope of your cardholder data environment (CDE).

For this reason, there is no established price range for this type of assessment. To find out how much your penetration test would cost, reach out to our specialists to get a free quote.

Learn more about the factors that determine the cost →

Manual penetration tests and fully automated scanners are the most common techniques to identify and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities within your technologies, therefore, allowing you to meet Requirements 6 and 11

While scans can be a great starting point for those who lack the resources for manual testing, they may not be sufficient to comply with PCI due to their automated nature.

Only experienced professionals should rely on scans to become PCI compliant, as these tools may fail to identify every vulnerability that could compromise your CDE, leaving your card-processing systems vulnerable.

Learn more about the main differences between vulnerability assessments and pentests →

Various steps are taken by our specialists to prevent the potential impact of our tests on the stability of your technological environment and the continuity of your business operations.

Unless specifically instructed to, our specialists refrain from performing any disruptive types of attacks that can, for example, cause denial of service.

Thereby, most of our clients are unable to perceive any impact of our tests due to the rigorous measures we deploy to conduct our projects as seamlessly as possible.

According to the PCI-DSS standards, merchants and providers are permitted to store cardholder data once they become compliant.

Some acquirers may permit sensitive authentication data” information security”  to be stored but only prior to payment authorization.

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Vumetric is an ISO9001-certified company offering penetration testing, IT security audits and specialized cybersecurity services. We bring proven best practices to every project and have delivered our services across five continents. Our clients include Fortune 1000 companies, SMEs and government agencies.

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