PCI DSS Compliance

The PCI DSS Challenge

Retailers, financial organisations, and others that have to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) need to secure the portions of their IT infrastructure that process, store, or transmit credit card information. Understanding the scope of PCI DSS compliance is often the first challenge, and requires not only determining which systems are permitted to store cardholder information but also ensuring that cardholder data is not being stored on unauthorised systems.

Unstructured data presents unique challenges for PCI DSS compliance, mostly due to ever-expanding scope. While many businesses governed by PCI DSS can identify their core payment processing applications, they cannot identify all the locations where users have stored spreadsheets, call center recordings, scanned account applications, refund reports, etc. that also contain cardholder data.

The Covata PCI DSS Compliance Solution

Covata solutions help businesses understand where unstructured cardholder data is stored so it can be removed or secured to comply with the requirements in the PCI DSS. As it relates to securing cardholder data, Covata offers the ability to encrypt that data and manage the keys, strongly enforce business need to know, and audit all accesses in accordance with the relevant PCI DSS requirements.

Features and Advantages

  • Locate cardholder data in file shares, SharePoint, and Office 365
  • Encrypt cardholder data and manage encryption keys to fulfill requirements in Sections 3 and 9 of PCI DSS
  • Enforce business need to know in accordance with Section 7, including the ability to prevent systems administrators from being exposed to cardholder information
  • Provide detailed logging of all permitted and denied access requests to cardholder data as required in Section 10

Resources & Products

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