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Acunetix Publishes PCI Compliance Guide

05-30-2007 03:29 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: Acunetix Ltd

The paper aims to help companies meet impending PCI requirements

London, UK – May 30, 2007 – Businesses that rely on payment by credit cards are required to comply with the PCI security standards by September 2007. Non compliance could result in loss of merchant account, severe fines and lawsuits. In view of these new regulations, Acunetix has published a PCI Compliance Guide to help companies understand the concept behind the Payment Card Industry as well as documenting the steps needed to reach compliance.

PCI Compliance at a glance
PCI Compliance is a structured security checklist which aims at securing financial data, and helps to distinguish the secure and reliable businesses from the risky ones. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard was created in a joint effort by the major credit card companies: American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover to monitor and develop the PCI standard. Consumers who use credit/debit cards online to purchase products or services risk suffering financial losses when businesses process their transactions through systems which are not secure. The PCI standard aims to stop the cause of online financial and identity theft from its source by ensuring the systems which process and store customer details are secure.

The Compliance Regulations
The PCI compliance specification describes a set of requirements which participating businesses must observe to ensure that correct measures are taken to secure all data, both internal and externally exposed. The Acunetix PCI Compliance Guide describes the following categories in detail:

1. Secure Network Design and Maintenance
2. Cardholder Data Protection
3. Vulnerability Management Program Maintenance
4. Strong Access Control Measures Implementation
5. Regular Network Testing and Monitoring
6. Information Security Policy Maintenance

Security Assessment Tools
All businesses which apply the PCI compliance procedure must use the services of approved companies to perform compliance security scans. The results of these scans are issued in detailed compliance reports which are then used for approval by the specific card company requirements. The PCI Compliance specification is more than just a rule-set to which organizations must abide. It is also a guideline which provides a method to trace and secure all the potential security flaws which might be exploited. Detecting these potential exploits is made easier by using tools such as web vulnerability scanners and network scanners.

The PCI Compliance Guide is available at: http://www.acunetix.com/websitesecurity/PCI-Compliance.pdf

About Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner
Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner ensures website security by automatically checking for SQL injection, Cross site scripting and other vulnerabilities. It checks password strength on authentication pages and automatically audits shopping carts, forms, dynamic content and other web applications. As the scan is being completed, the software produces detailed reports that pinpoint where vulnerabilities exist. Acunetix WVS Reporting Application allows security alerts to be presented in a document which abides by the PCI specification.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Acunetix
Acunetix was founded to combat the alarming rise in web attacks. Its flagship product, Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner, is the result of several years of development by a team of highly experienced security developers. Acunetix is a privately held company with headquarters based in Europe (Malta), a US office in Seattle, Washington and an office in London, UK. For more information about Acunetix, visit: http://www.acunetix.com; http://www.acunetix.de.

For more information:
Please email Tamara Borg: tamara@acunetix.com

Acunetix Ltd
Communications House
26 York Street
W1U 6PZ, London
UK

Tel: (+44) 0845 6126712
Fax: (+44) 0845 6126716
URL: http://www.acunetix.com.

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