Building good PCI habits is an important part of your overall security strategy! Making PCI compliance the norm at every level helps reduce your security risk, build trust with your customers, and keep your data processing secure.
Examples of some ways that you could incorporate key PCI compliance activities could include:
- Monitoring your security controls (such as firewalls, anti-virus, or access controls) on a regular basis to ensure that they are working as intended. You don’t want to find out something wasn’t working correctly due to a cyberattack. Proactively monitoring PCI-related controls will help reduce your cybersecurity risks.
- Ensuring that any failure of a security control is detected and responded to in a timely manner. It is imperative to ensure that the cause of any security incident is identified and addressed – including any security issues that occur during the incident. After resuming monitoring of your security controls, you’ll want to take the lessons learned from any incident and potentially enhance your system monitoring to better ensure that your controls are operating effectively.
- Reviewing any changes to your business’ security environment prior to implementation to determine the potential impact to your PCI DSS scope and compliance. This could include the addition of new systems, or changes in your network configurations. Always ensure that system changes will be within PCI DSS guidelines before completion.
- Determining changes to your company’s organizational structure for any impact to your PCI DSS scope. You never know what the future might hold. If your company experiences an event such as a merger or an acquisition, you’ll need to conduct a formal review of your PCI DSS scope and requirements to ensure that your systems remain secure.
- Performing periodic reviews to ensure that your PCI DSS requirements are still in place and that your team is following secure processes. This type of review will also allow you to ensure that proper evidence is being maintained for your next compliance assessment – saving you time and money.
Source: PCI Security Standards Council, LLC | www.pcisecuritystandards.org