Penetration testing aims to identify vulnerabilities and plausible exploits to assess whether unauthorized access or malicious activity to information assets and, in particular card holder data, is possible. Our penetration testing projects include networks and applications on external and internal networks as well as controls and processes implemented to protect the overall information system and card holder data in payment card storing and processing. Merchants exceeding Bithex Plc. PCI DSS security scans are executed regularly to test all external systems that process and store cardholder data.
Outsourcing to a PCI-compliant service provider is one of the best ways business owners can help reduce their PCI obligations and risk of a data breach. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure you are partnering with the right service providers. A service provider is any business entity that is directly involved in the processing, storage, or transmission of cardholder data. Some examples of common service providers include:. Next, you should maintain a list of your service providers and check PCI status at least quarterly; and most importantly, ensure that there are written agreements in place acknowledging data security responsibility even down to which PCI requirements they are handling. You should also assure that the liabilities and responsibilities of the service provider are clearly stated and agreed in writing in case of a breach.
If the vendors do not follow it then they will be heavily fined for being non-compliant. But now Penetration Test was not optional but mandatory according to the requirement This is why it is important for any card processor to find a good vendor and do effective PCI Compliance Pentesting.
Defects in web servers, web browsers, email clients, POS software, operating systems, and server interfaces can allow attackers to gain access to an environment. Installing security updates and patches for systems in the cardholder or sensitive data environments can help correct many of the newly found defects and vulnerabilities before attackers have the opportunity to leverage them. But in order to patch these vulnerabilities, you need to find them first.