MasterCard signs another for security compliance standard

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MasterCard signs another for security compliance standard

David Bicknell

Penetration testing specialist ProCheckUp has completed MasterCard SDP compliance testing and can now work alongside payment card industry members, merchants and service providers to help them achieve a prerequisite level of security compliance.
ProCheckUp can now perform network security assessment services under the MasterCard Site Data Protection Program, a scheme that also has Visa’s approval.
MasterCard and Visa both work to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standard they developed, which details security requirements for members, merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit cardholder data.
To demonstrate compliance with the standard, merchants and service providers may be required to conduct network security scans on a regular basis to help identify vulnerabilities and misconfigurations of websites or IT infrastructures containing externally facing IP addresses.

Given the recent problems with data theft at credit card processor CardSystems, it is clear that the credit card companies, their compliance testers and the Site Data Protection Program must work more effectively to restore the public’s confidence that their personal data is – and remains – secure.

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