PCI Compliance: Card Not Present Merchant Quick Checklist

Do you (even occasionally or temporarily) create, receive, or otherwise come to possess any paper records or receipts that contain cardholder data? The number one rule card not present merchants violate is a Merchant Must Not Request the Card Verification Value 2 data on any paper Order Form.

Do you make sure that you NEVER, EVER store the card-validation code or value (three-digit or four-digit number printed on the front or back of a payment card) used to verify card-not-present transactions after authorization (even if encrypted)?

Are strong cryptography and security protocols, such as SSL/TLS, IPSec, or SSH used to safeguard cardholder data during transmission over open, public networks?

For SSL/TLS implementations, does HTTPS appear as part of the browser Universal Record Locator (URL), and is cardholder data required only when HTTPS appears in the URL?

Are policies, procedures, and practices in place to make sure that you NEVER, EVER send unencrypted PANs by end-user messaging technologies (for example, e-mail, instant messaging, chat)?

Do your access limitations require restriction of access rights to privileged user IDs to least privileges necessary to perform job responsibilities?

Do your access limitations require assignment of privileges to be based on individual personnel’s job classification and function?

Is your security policy established, published, maintained, and disseminated to all relevant personnel (for the purposes of Requirement 12, “personnel” refers to full-time and part-time employees, temporary employees and personnel, and contractors and consultants who are “resident” on the entity’s site or otherwise have access to the company’s site cardholder data environment)?

Is a formal security awareness program in place to make all personnel aware of the importance of cardholder data security?

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