PCI DSS Gap Analysis

Who is the Gap Analysis Aimed At?

URM’s PCI DSS gap analysis service is aimed at those organisations which are looking to benchmark their current corporate information security practices (relating to payment card data) against the Standard and understand their readiness for a compliance assessment.

The gap analysis is often the first step of a PCI DSS project and provides you with a roadmap for achieving compliance.

This service will typically involve one of URM’s QSAs spending time on your site or meeting remotely with those individuals responsible for:

  • The PCI DSS programme
  • Network administration and cardholder systems
  • Developing company policies and procedures

Focus of Gap Analysis

URM’s QSA will assess your organisation’s practices against the 12 high-level PCI DSS requirements as follows:

  1. Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect
    cardholder data
  2. Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords
    and other security parameters
  3. Protect stored cardholder data 
  4. Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public
  5. Protect all systems against malware and regularly update
    antivirus software or programs
  6. Develop and maintain secure systems and applications 
  7. Restrict access to cardholder data by business need
    to know
  8. Identify and authenticate access to system components 
  9. Restrict physical access to cardholder data 
  10. Track and monitor all access to network resources and
    cardholder data
  11. Regularly test security systems and processes 
  12. Maintain a policy that addresses information security for
    all personnel

Gap Analysis Outputs

The key output from our PCI DSS gap analysis service will be a report that includes:

  • A definition of your cardholder data environment (CDE) and
    in-scope business processes, applications, devices, networks,
    facilities and service providers
  • An assessment of how closely your organisation meets each
    of the PCI DSS requirements
  • Recommendations for reducing the scope of the CDE, where
    applicable, thus reducing the potential cost of compliance
  • Detailed recommendations for remediating any areas of
  • Advice regarding your organisation's best options for achieving
    PCI DSS compliance quickly and cost-effectively, drawing upon
    our QSAs’ experience working with similar organisations.

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