PCI ASV

Introduction

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is a global organization that works to make sure the cardholder data is safe all over the world. People all over the world are affected by the work of the PCI Security Standards Council.

Accorian is a Payment Card Industry Approved Scanning Vendor (PCI ASV).

An Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) is an organization with a set of security services and tools to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to validate adherence with the external scanning requirements of PCI DSS Requirement.

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Accorian is a PCI ASV. Approved Scanning Vendors, also known as ASV, are a PCI SSC-notified body that provides a variety of data security service providers to evaluate how well an organization's PCI DSS meets detailed scanning requirements.

Along with running ASV scans to check for compliance, Accorian can help your business streamline operations in this area by making suggestions for how to fix or make up for any vulnerabilities that are found. Our experts will also recommend best-in class vendors for all your security needs.

Accorian’s team of security experts aid clients in meeting the 11.2.2 requirement by conducting scans using approved tools and scanners to identify vulnerabilities and misconfigurations associated to the external network hosts, web application and other internet facing technologies. The scans are non-disruptive in nature, and they do not conduct destructive testing such as Denial of Service, Buffer Overflow. Why do you need a PCI ASV

  • To meet the PCI DSS requirement 11.2.2
  • To identify and fix vulnerabilities in the network before they could be leveraged to carry out attacks
  • To regularly monitor and maintain the security posture of the external environment

What Does PCI DSS Mean?

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) are rules set by the PCI Security Standard Council (PCI SSC) about how things should be done. This rule applies to everyone who stores, processes, or sends data about cardholders. 

PCI DSS has become a standard around the world. PCI SCC is in charge of keeping the PCI DSS standard up to date and making sure it is followed. The precise requirements may differ depending on how involved an entity is in the payment process. 

What Is A PCI Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV)?

Approved Scanning Vendors, also known as ASV, is a PCI SSC-notified body that provides a variety of data security service providers to evaluate how well an organization's PCI DSS meets detailed scanning requirements.

Why Do You Need A PCI Security Scan By An ASV?

To comply with the PCI DSS standards, merchants and service providers are required to present a quarterly passing of PCI Security Scan by an ASV.

Requirements:

1

Conducting quarterly external network scans followed by re-scans to verify & ensure that all failing issues have been resolved

2

Conducting quarterly external scans and rescans via an ASV

3

Conducting internal and external scans and rescans after any significant change in the network.

4

The end company regularly needs to obtain this passing scan report every quarterly

Processes For PCI ASV Scanning

The PCI ASV external vulnerability scan goes through the following steps:

01

Scope Deduction

Our team aids clients with identification of their scope, and conduct host discovery scans to further detect unknown hosts or, shadow IT assets. Subsequently, our team conducts the following activities:

  • Live Host Discovery using ping, route tracing, and popular port scanning across a network range or a set of provided IP addresses
  • Fingerprinting of hosts
  • Scanning for open ports and fingerprinting services
  • Searching DNS records and conducting DNS lookups to further identify additional hosts
02

Vulnerability Scanning

Identification of security weaknesses, flaws & misconfigurations associated to the Operating System and Services based on probing, version identification, non-destructive exploitation using safe payloads, brute forcing of credentials, etc.

Additionally, we identify potential vulnerabilities based on version fingerprinting as well

03

Reporting and Fixing

The scanning activity yields issues and recommendations for mitigation. We provide clients with two reports – Executive & Technical Summary. The technical summary consists of the list of vulnerabilities, risk rating, pass/fail rating against PCI ASV requirements, description, and mitigation advisory.

04

Conflict Resolution

The client and ASV work together to identify solutions for screening results that are controversial. The client and ASV work together to write down and figure out what to do about screening results that are controversial. Our team of experts interface with clients to relay this information and facilitate remediation through detailed & targeted solutions.

05

Rescanning (If needed)

Rescans will keep happening until a productive scan is made that fixes all conflicts and exceptions.

06

Final Reporting

When there are no vulnerabilities found during the scans, a report that has been greenlighted by the PCI ASV is made. The document is sent to the client and issued to them safely.

How to Comply with PCI DSS in 4 steps

01

To meet all of the PCI compliance requirements, you need to follow the PCI-DSS version 3.2.1 documentation, which lists a total of 12 requirements and about 251 sub-requirements.

02

Find out what your organization needs to do to be compliant. According to what the PCI Council says, there are different types of businesses, and each has its own set of rules.

03

Find out what your organization needs to do to be compliant. According to what the PCI Council says, there are different types of businesses, and each has its own set of rules.

04

Complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire or Hire a PCI QSA.

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