The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard “12 Step program" was not created in a vacuum, or to "make work" for organizations.   Many groups across a variety of industries must follow these requirements, but the ones who are doing it the right, are doing much more than checking off their list of standards.  Using the PCI Data Security Standards as a way to set-up a full scale security intelligence infrastructure can put your organization ahead of the curve, meeting the 12 steps but also keeping threats away from your critical networks.

With that being said, some of the requirements are tougher to follow than others.

  • Requirement 1: Install and maintain a firewall configuration
  • Requirement 3: Protecting Stored data
  • Requirement 8: Assign a unique ID to users
  • Requirement 10: Monitor access to network resources and data
  • Requirement 11: Regularly test systems and processes

It is widely believed that the requirements above are the most involved and stringent to abide by, but they are also the most crucial and following these to a “T” will keep your organization in the clear.


Learn how Core Security can help you with PCI DSS Testing for Compliance.


Here at Core, we provide you with the ability to run automated, controlled penetration tests against your security infrastructure to demonstrate whether or not your security defenses are working as mandated by the PCI Standard.  You then have the ability to run unique PCI reports that can be used by a third-party PCI DSS auditor.  Taking things a step further, Core’s scanner integration allows organizations to meet all aspects of Requirement 11. From scanning for vulnerabilities to testing your network to reporting your test results, Core can cover it all.

No organization wants to be in the headlines for non-compliance with PCI DSS.  There are simple ways to ensure that you never encounter this problem, but they are all vitally important to your success in meeting the necessary requirements.  At the end of the day, PCI Data Security Standards are meant to protect, so adhering to them is in the best interest of everyone.