The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard ( PCI-DSS )
The PCI DSS forces companies to protect cardholder data throughout the entire information life cycle. The implications, however, are broader: organizations must know where the data exists across an often distributed enterprise; they must fully understand their current state of PCI compliance to develop improvement plans; and they must have the ability to remediate as necessary.
Beyond these challenges, though, lies opportunity: as businesses focus time and resources on addressing PCI compliance, there is an opportunity to extend these investments into long-term programs for compliance that make companies more proactive than reactive, help businesses improve their overall IT security posture, and maximize the return on their security investment.
Fastwave offers a range of services & solutions that help customers achieve these objectives. In addition, Fastwave has capabilities to address core PCI DSS requirements, such as application security and IT Security policy development.
As organizations begin to approach PCI DSS compliance they must first understand any gaps that exist in order to identify remediation needs. Through a PCI Assessment, Fastwave helps customers understand their current PCI posture and develop a remediation roadmap prior to undergoing a formal PCI audit. This service does not replace or serve as a PCI audit, but rather helps merchants to identify and address weaknesses prior to undergoing a PCI audit.
As a key deliverable, Fastwave recommends a comprehensive reference architecture for proper handling of cardholder data. Fastwave consultants deliver this proposed architecture by:
- Evaluating your current levels of compliance with the PCI DSS standard by reviewing current architectures for infrastructure elements (Networks, Applications, Servers and Storage) that handle and process cardholder data.
- Reviewing current policies and processes for handling cardholder data and comparing them with the PCI DSS standard, as well as best practices from Fastwaveâ€™s consulting experience.
- Producing a report to document gaps between the current state of infrastructure, policies and procedures and the state desired to achieve PCI DSS compliance.
- Developing a remediation road-map that provides a step-by-step time line of recommended technology improvements and process changes to ensure PCI DSS compliance while recognizing budgetary, staffing and information management limitations and technological dependencies.
- Effectively manage cardholder information and other key business data throughout the information life-cycle.
- Understand current PCI DSS posture and develop remediation plans that will help you pass the audit.
- Create and maintain security policies that help address compliance while improving IT security.
- Develop programs that enable PCI compliance initiatives to become business-as-usual, rather than reactive, and position you to focus on more strategic business enabler initiatives.
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized certification standard for information security management systems. Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ISO 27001 is used as a benchmark for the protection of sensitive information and one of the most widely recognized, customer-valued certifications for a cloud service.
In combination with ISO 27002, ISO 27001 outlines potential security controls and control mechanisms and provides a best practice framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an organization’s information security management system (ISMS). The presence of a robust ISMS—a critical business platform—helps to safeguard an enterprise’s information systems from cyber attacks, which are a growing threat to any organization with a data center and/or an online presence.
The Purpose And Value Of The ISO 27001 Security Standard
Addressing the need to maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information systems, ISO 27001 requires management to identify information assets and assess risks to physical security, network security, host security, application security and database security. The international standard establishes guidelines for designing and executing risk-appropriate security controls and adopting management procedures to continually review the effectiveness of existing security processes.
Organizations that choose to adopt ISO 27001 are able to:
- Proactively manage info security while increasing security awareness throughout the organization
- Cost-effectively manage risk by formulating suitable security objectives and requirements
- Demonstrate their commitment to a superior level of information security
- Provide confidence and assurance to investors, clients, and prospective partners and customers
- Differentiate their business, services and products in the marketplace
- Ensure compliance with certain laws and regulations
- Achieve ISO 27001 Certification Faster with a Compliance
We offer our customers a range of solutions/services to help streamline security compliance initiatives such as PCI DSS, ITIL, and NIST standards, giving you comprehensive support well beyond a simple ISO or PCI compliance checklist. Through our ISO services, we can provide your company with tools and documentation to accelerate compliance validation for ISO 27001 and ISO 27002.