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Payment Administration is one of the most important pieces in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) puzzle. If your website hosts, processes or transmits payment data for any kind of online payment (eCommerce, donations, or recurring billing), you are responsible for keeping that sensitive information safe and secure. That means that your web server must be properly locked down against hackers with specialized tools who are on the prowl looking for credit card numbers, CVV numbers, and other personally identifiable information.
The PCI Security Standards Council has created a strong set of requirements that outline exactly what needs to be done to ensure security when dealing with customers' sensitive financial institutions. Bypassing an annual onsite PCI Compliance Audit, you are proving to your customers that you take security seriously and are ready to take the steps necessary to remove their payment data from the public domain.
On this webcast, we'll discuss all aspects of Payment Administration, beginning with how it fits into PCI Compliance (and what that means to your business), then everything you need to know about cardholder data storage (including timeframes for deletion), followed by an examination of transmission methods & requirements (SSL/TLS certificates) and how they make the payment process safe. We'll also examine some best practices on how to avoid common mistakes, like using unsecure file uploaders for sending backup files containing sensitive payment information. You will discover new tools available for verifying your website's compliance status, plus hear tips on tools & procedures that can help you keep your security policies up to date and effective date.
Fixing these problems can be a costly task, not only from a financial perspective but from a time management point of view as well - you don't want to add new problems by rushing through the job or skipping important steps. We'll show you some tools which allow you to make this process more efficient for a financial institution while ensuring every part is done right once and for all.
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The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council is an open global forum to enhance payment account number security through increased adoption with monthly rate, awareness, and compliance. It was formed by the major payment card brands (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB) to help merchants understand what they need to do to process cards securely. PCI Compliance applies to all organizations that maintain or store sensitive credit card data - no matter how big or small your operation may be.
Currently, there are over 100 million individuals and businesses who have heard about PCI DSS but aren't sure what it means for them. This webcast will give you a clear understanding of how this regulation affects you as well as provide you with your first steps towards becoming compliant.
Who Should Watch?
Anyone responsible for the security of their website and its data (including customers' credit cards). No matter if you use a payment gateway with SSL enabled (like PayPal, Amazon Payments, etc), or if you handle your customers' sensitive information on your web server - this topic is for everyone! We'll examine how PCI DSS applies to both situations.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements designed to ensure that ALL companies that process, transmit, or store cardholder data maintain a secure environment. Requirements include installing/maintaining firewalls, IDS systems, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and anti-virus technology. The main reason for PCI DSS is to reduce credit card fraud - by far the most common type of financial fraud.
PCI Compliance audits are performed by QSAs (Qualified Security Assessors) who are hired by major corporations to verify that companies they do business with are taking all necessary security precautions. If an organization fails an audit, it might end up costing them more in terms of time and reputation than they would have paid had they not tried at all.
Traditionally, Payment Card Industry compliance has been very expensive because you need to either hire a full PCI Compliance Consultancy or purchase costly software with built-in capabilities... but here's the good news! There now exists several tools out there that can help you get your website PCI Compliant quickly and affordably, while also taking the pain out of this procedure.
The PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) is a set of requirements designed to ensure that ALL companies that process, transmit, or store cardholder data maintain a secure environment. Requirements include installing/maintaining firewalls, IDS systems, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and anti-virus technology. The main reason for PCI DSS is to reduce credit card fraud - by far the most common type of financial fraud.
You can get yourself more information about PCI Compliance by checking the official website, but keep in mind that this is a multi-faceted topic that requires many hours of research to fully grasp. That's why we'll be focusing on tools you can use today to make this process faster and easier for you.
PCI DSS Requirements
We'll be examining each requirement one by one, showing you several tools that will help you verify compliance with ease. We've ordered them according to what we consider to be their priority levels:
1) Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect data ( Requirement 1 ) The first thing we want to verify is if our web server has an internet-facing firewall with money order and if it's configured correctly (i.e. in a default deny posture). There's no need to purchase expensive software for this task because many open-source packages exist that can do this for free!
In terms of paid or open-source firewall solutions I'd recommend taking a look at the following:
· TinyWall https://tinywall.info/ - A flexible and lightweight application that provides Windows users with a simple way to create an internet-facing firewall. This tool is well suited for beginners who just want to get started with compliant web hosting, but it won't be much help once you start dealing with protocols other than HTTP, since it only supports blocking ports opened by incoming connections (i.e. not outgoing ones). You can download TinyWall for free.
· IPCop Firewall http://www.icopax.com/en - This is my personal favorite because it's very easy to set up and use even by less experienced users, while also being flexible enough for an advanced system payment administrator who need extra control over their network policies (e.g. bandwidth throttling). You can download IPCop for free or purchase a monthly subscription that will give you access to professional support health services, enterprise features such as IPSec VPNs, Dynamic DNS, etc., and commercial-grade hardware capable of handling thousands of simultaneous connections without breaking a sweat.
2) Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters ( Requirement 2 ) If you don't already know this, you should. You never want to use vendor-supplied default passwords because they are typically very easy to guess (e.g.: "administrator" for Windows servers) and leave you vulnerable to scammers who go around trying random combinations of words in the hopes of finding the right one. Unfortunately, since some administrators might be unaware of this, there are plenty of articles out there on how to obtain these passwords with ease!
We'll explain why compliance checking tools fail to detect weak passwords by using a real-life example:
Imagine that someone wants to test whether or not your website is compliant with PCI DSS Requirement 2 . They will attempt an SSH connection to your server on port 22, sending the username and password "administrator: password" which is the default for Windows servers. Since your login prompt will read "Log in:" instead of "Administrator:", you might think that these tools would fail to detect it and pass the test, right?
Well, not really! Most compliance checking software doesn't bother parsing SSH prompts since they're just text strings that don't contain any sensitive information (e.g.: they won't be able to tell if it reads "Oracle Database administrator:"). Granted, some of them will dig a little deeper and scan the banner message printed by SSH upon connection, but in this case, our scammers already know what they should expect from an unconfigured server so there's no reason to believe they would pass up such an easy opportunity.
If you're using Linux, you should check if your distribution supports automatic updates by looking for it in the official documentation or asking your vendor (if they use a different operating system). In case they do provide automated security patches but also allow manual package management, we recommend configuring a cron job that automatically installs all available updates so you don't have to worry about ever missing one. If they only permit manual package management, we strongly advise against disabling these checks because doing so will leave you vulnerable to attackers who exploit known vulnerabilities that have been published after the release of the OS version on which you're running it. Just pick a single point in time from when your server was created and stick with it.
For open-source software, we recommend using either the OS distribution's official repositories (if they provide any) or some other secondary source such as apt-get.debian.org for Debian/Ubuntu and yum.baseurl.org for CentOS instead of building from source. This is because the latter option leaves you exposed to backdoors, man-in-the-middle attacks, etc . since it bypasses all existing protection mechanisms! It also poses a major issue in that you'll have no idea whether or not your dependencies were compiled with proper options and thus might be missing important security patches, which increases the likelihood of exploits succeeding against your server since the software won't be able to detect and will continue running unencrypted even if a man-in-the-middle attack is taking place.
Other ways to make your system more secure include removing certain unnecessary tools and packages, tweaking settings in the kernel (e.g.: disabling unused hardware support or network capabilities), disabling root logins via SSH, etc. You can read our previous article on server hardening and making payments for more ideas! In conclusion, to keep your website secure you must do two things: get rid of default passwords with due date and disable automated security updates/package upgrades so you can stay up to date with critical patches manually. If this poses a problem for you, we recommend using a different type of hosting solution that provides complete remote access instead.
Abstract for the report on Lessons Learned from the Transformation of Pay Administration Initiative
In this article, we will discuss the lessons learned from the transformation of the Pay Administration at the Canada Revenue Agency. In particular, we will identify six challenges that resulted in significant transformation program risks and outline how these were mitigated through a variety of activities including governance structure, implementer selection, and stakeholder engagement and communications. Finally, we will provide an overview of the key benefits expected to be realized in future phases of the program in helping to position CRA's pay function for ongoing innovation and change management.
1) The Scammer's New Clothes: Why Crypto Isn't (Necessarily) Always Enough
2) 5 Lucky Breaks That Allowed EternalBlue (MS17-010) to Spread So Quickly
3) New Cyber Weapons Pose 'Unprecedented' Threat
4) Why GameCredits Price Surge Just Broke $100, and What's Next
5) Mimblewimble Lets You Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
6) The History of Attacking Servers Through Weak Remote Desktop Passwords
7) How the NSA Hacked Computers Since 2012
8. Understanding Identity Management at Pay TM (MyCRA/Netfile/Auto-Fill): Email vs. PW vs. Metafile
9) Why Using a VPN While Browsing Is a Bad Idea For Security Purposes
10) Encryption: Protect Your Privacy by Making Websites Use HTTPS! 11) Introduction to Heavily Used Public-Key Cryptography Standards
12) Discover the Top 5 Security Risks for Linux Servers.
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