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PCI DSS Vulnerability Management requirements

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security guidelines for any business that accepts credit card payments, requiring that they maintain the safety of their customer data. They cover everything from how data is stored and transmitted to how it is processed and safeguarded, thereby helping to prevent credit card fraud and other types of data breaches. 


To comply with PCI DSS, businesses must put in place a number of security measures, including encrypting data, creating restricted access to databases, and scanning and testing for vulnerabilities in systems and applications. Only one part of the PCI DSS concerns vulnerability management, but unlike other standards like ISO 27001 and SOC 2, there are a strict set of requirements for vulnerability scanning and management that must be followed precisely to gain compliance.


PCI Security Standards

There are six key areas of security requirements that businesses must meet in order to comply with PCI DSS (and avoid a hefty fine)

Build and maintain a secure network, ensuring that all systems and software are up to date with the latest security patches

Instate and maintain firewalls, encryption and antivirus software

Protect how credit card data is collected, processed and stored, both digitally and physically

Maintain a vulnerability management program with regular vulnerability scans and penetration tests of all systems and networks  and a prompt program for remediation

Implement strong control measures to restrict who can access credit card data

Maintain and enforce a company-wide information security policy 

Meet the PCI Vulnerability Management Requirements with Intruder

PCI DSS can only be certified by an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV). Intruder’s underlying scanner, Tenable, is an ASV and while we are not, we can accelerate your audit with internal and external scans, continuous monitoring and seamless integrations, saving you time and cost when you engage an ASV.

External vulnerability scanning to identify unencrypted or insecure services, as well as any changes to your internet-facing infrastructure, with instant alerts to enable you to take action

Web application scans triggered the moment an app change is applied

Support to strengthen your environment against known and emerging vulnerabilities we’ve identified within your infrastructure 

Identification of TLS/SSL vulnerabilities, misconfigurations or missing updates which could leave sensitive cardholder data open to misuse

High frequency or continuous scanning to ensure that no change is missed, as well as clear categorization of vulnerabilities to enable effective remediation

Simple integration with Drata and Vanta to automate your security compliance processes, as well as platforms like Jira and ServiceNow to help you manage and track risk in your organization with ease

The PCI security standards are constantly evolving, as new threats emerge and new technologies are developed. Ensure you stay compliant with Intruder’s help.

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