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PCI update could mean clarity or confusion
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of September 2010
PCI DSS has become one of the most controversial standards on the books. Many argue that PCI DSS has made great inroads in improving credit card security. Others contend the standard is a distraction from true security, and that the effort is too prescriptive, confusing, and artificially sets the bar for security and compliance too low. This fall, the PCI Security Standards Council is expected release a series of updates to the standard. PCI VIRTUALIZATION AND IN-SCOPE GUIDANCE COMING What can retailers, merchants and others who handle credit card data expect? Most are hoping for a number of updates that will remove perceived overly subjective interpretations, questions of scope and answer long-awaited virtualization security questions. In August, the PCI SSC released a high-level summary of changes to appear in PCI DSS 2.0. A detailed summary and pre-release version of the standard is scheduled for release in September with a final version published Oct. 28. According to Bob Russo general manager, PCI Security Standards Council...
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Columns in this issue
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