PCI — Are You Compliant?


Data from IBM below shows striking failure rates on the requirements for PCI compliance (it's from 2008, but nothing gives me any confidence that companies actually got better at this in 2009).

PCI Compliance Failure Rates
PCI Compliance Failure Rates

Are you PCI compliant? How do you know? Do you have data to prove it? If you don't, then CAST can give you hard data on how you're doing against each of the starred requirements below.

The 12 PCI Requirements (* = CAST can help directly; ** = CAST can help indirectly).

  1. Install and maintain standardized firewall configurations to protect data. (66% of companies do not comply)
  2. Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters. (62% of companies are unable to say if this is the case)
  3. *Protect stored data. (first time audit failure rate is 79%)
  4. Encrypt the transmission of cardholder and sensitive information across public networks.
  5. Use and regularly update antivirus software or programs.
  6. *Develop and maintain secure systems and applications. (56% of companies fail)
  7. **Restrict access to data on a need-to-know basis.
  8. Assign a unique ID to each person in your company with computer access. (failure rate is 71%)
  9. **Restrict physical access to cardholder data. (failure rate is 59%)
  10. Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data. (failure rate is 71%)
  11. *Regularly test security systems and processes. (failure rate is 74%)
  12. **Maintain a policy that addresses information security for employees and contractors. (failure rate is 60%)
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