Guide to PCI DSS Compliance & Logging Solutions

Credit card and financial fraud are on the rise in the modern world, and agencies have responded in kind with expanded regulations. One of the most widely-recognized of these regulations is PCI-DSS. This set of regulations was put in place to help reduce fraud, specifically by protecting customer credit card information.

Though PCI-DSS compliance is a requirement for all businesses that handle sensitive digital information, it can be difficult to maintain, particularly for businesses without dedicated resources. BlackStratus can help with PCI DSS compliant event logging systems.

What Is PCI DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, more commonly known by its acronym, PCI DSS, is a globally recognized set of guidelines. Put in place by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, or PCI SSC, this standard is a requirement for the majority of businesses today, as most handle or interact with credit card data and other sensitive customer information.

PCI DSS compliance primarily entails maintaining a secure data network, regularly monitoring networks and implementing security controls, among other rules. Though these rules may seem simple, they can be difficult to maintain in combination with other security measures. However, failure to comply can result in steep penalties and fines. In short, PCI DSS compliance is essential for any organization handling credit card information.

PCI DSS Compliance Checklist

So how can an organization comply with PCI DSS requirements? BlackStratus can help with a family of PCI DSS compliance and cyber security systems that can handle numerous requirements on your PCI DSS compliance checklist, including:

  • Network Monitoring: PCI DSS requires your organization to identify and monitor all systems that come in contact with credit card data. For many businesses, this comprises a large chunk of business systems. BlackStratus integrates with and monitors all your network systems, providing comprehensive PCI compliance security monitoring.
  • Vulnerability Assessment: PCI DSS includes a mandate that all security systems are analyzed for vulnerabilities on a regular basis. BlackStratus provides real-time analysis and vulnerability assessments, so your IT department can handle them as soon as they are identified.
  • Intrusion Detection: Monitoring traffic in your system is essential to your organization’s security, and identifying intrusions and attacks is even more essential. BlackStratus immediately identifies intrusions, allowing your users instant visibility to combat the threat in real time.
  • Event Correlation: Event correlation software both captures user activities and correlates events in your system, spotting patterns in authentication attempts and behaviors to spot threatening or unusual behavior. The BlackStratus systems even prioritize threats and filter out false positives to help your team focus on the most pressing problems.
  • Log Management: PCI DSS event log management and storage is the basis of SIEMStorm, LOGStorm and CYBERShark, automatically collecting logs about events in your system as they happen. By collecting these logs, along with all applicable peripheral data, your team has all the material they need to investigate and report on events thoroughly.
  • Reporting: Reporting is an essential part of PCI-DSS compliance for regulated businesses, as the regulations require businesses to report on breaches as soon as possible after an event occurs. LOGStorm includes a set of reporting packs, including PCI-DSS reporting packs, to help your organization respond as quickly as possible after an event, so you can focus on mitigating the damage.

All these features are provided through a secure cloud network, so your business can get the speed it needs without the expensive hardware.

Why BlackStratus?

Choose a software system designed to work with your business toward PCI-DSS compliance. BlackStratus can help your business gain and maintain compliance with our full suite of event logging and cyber security software. Call us today at 844-564-7876 to learn what we can do for you. Request a demonstration or get in touch with us through our contact form.