Given all the cyber attacks of late the security of credit card information is more critical than ever, and with a greater use cloud computing the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council recently issued Cloud Computing Guidelines.
PCI initially established its Data Security Standards (DSS) which among other things “provides an actionable framework for developing a robust payment card data security process — including prevention, detection and appropriate reaction to security incidents.” PCI DSS is not law, but rather a group of IT standards created in 2006 by “the five founding global payment brands — American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa.” PCI “enforcement of compliance with the PCI DSS and determination of any non-compliance penalties are carried out by the individual payment brands.”
However now that more cloud service providers (CSP) take payment card payments, the PCI concluded that it was time to create its Cloud Computing Guidelines which established around four different cloud models – private, community, public, and hybrid. Some of the PCI DSS challenges in the cloud include following issues:
Assuming cyber attacks it is all the more important that cloud providers adhere to the new PCI DSS standards.