Maintaining PCI compliance may not be a priority for budding businesses at the start, but it’s certainly not a responsibility to be overlooked. Keeping compliance in mind is important when building a business from the ground up, because if the infrastructure isn’t based on a secure design, it will most likely need rebuilding at some point, which may require additional time and resources not initially anticipated.
The larger a business grows, the more difficult and time consuming it can become to make these fundamental changes. Our Vice President of Information Security, Justin Shipe, and Director of Infrastructure, Aaron Largent, shared some important advice with PaymentsSource on how to make sure your start-up is considering PCI compliance from the beginning, and at all stages of growth.
Check out a few highlights, but don’t forget to read the full article on PaymentsSource.
Find and partner with a qualified security assessor (QSA). A QSA is a professional trained by the PCI Security Standards Council to help your business identify the best solutions to improve your security protocols and manage compliance.
Design and segment your networks. Segmenting your network is essential to reducing your PCI scope, and with high-priority data constantly in transfer, it’s important to keep appropriate separation of information.
Always use firewalls. Implementing firewalls between network segments is required for PCI compliance, and allows you to segregate networks according to data level.
Restrict access to sensitive data.Sensitive data that’s stored should be accessible to as few employees as possible, and only if it’s essential for an employee to do their job.
Tokenization is key when it comes to card data.Tokenization can provide the maximum level of security when it comes to cardholder data. If a hacker gains access to your system, but all of your account numbers are tokenized, the exposure and impact can be reduced.
Make sure to monitor your networks. Don’t neglect proper monitoringonce networks are designed and implemented – do the research to identify tools that can automate the monitoring process.
Curious about the other tips Justin and Aaron shared on how to keep your start-up PCI-compliant?