CISP Compliance and PCI Compliance

CISP compliance is required of all merchants and service providers that store, process, or transmit Visa cardholder data and applies to all payment channels, including retail (brick-and-mortar), mail/telephone order, and e-commerce. Compliance with CISP means compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard with the required program validation.

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard offers a single approach to safeguarding sensitive data for all card brands. The 12 basic components are:http://usa.visa.com/merchants/risk_management/cisp_overview.html?it=c|/merchants/risk_management/cisp.html|How%20to%20Comply#anchor_2

PCI Data Security Standard
Build and Maintain a Secure Network
  1. Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect data
  2. Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters
Protect Cardholder Data
  1. Protect stored data
  2. Encrypt transmission of cardholder data and sensitive information across public networks
Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
  1. Use and regularly update anti-virus software
  2. Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
Implement Strong Access Control Measures
  1. Restrict access to data by business need-to-know
  2. Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access
  3. Restrict physical access to cardholder data
Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
  1. Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
  2. Regularly test security systems and processes
Maintain an Information Security Policy
  1. Maintain a policy that addresses information security

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