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PCI FAQs Index

 

All published PCI FAQs,
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Note: This page is maintained manually and was last updated on 2022-08-17
it indexes 303 active FAQs with the last being #1554. 

7 FAQs have been Retired

#1554 What is a PCI SSC Participating Payment Brand? Nov 2021
#1549 Is software-as-a-service (SaaS) eligible for Secure Software Standard validation and listing? Nov 2021
#1548 Are Secure Software Assessors or Secure Software Lifecycle Assessors required to report Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits to PCI SSC? Nov 2021
#1547 Are currently listed PA-DSS payment applications required to be revalidated using the Secure Software Standard? Nov 2021
#1546 Can multiple changes for a Secure Software listing be submitted within a single change submission? Nov 2021
#1545 Are there prerequisite PCI SSC program requirements to meet before qualifying as an SSF Assessor Company? Nov 2021
#1544 Does PCI SSC provide a list of software vendors whose software development process(es) have been validated to the Secure SLC Standard? Nov 2021
#1543 Who is qualified to perform assessments to the PCI Secure SLC Standard? Nov 2021
#1542 What is the process for PCI Secure SLC Qualification? Nov 2021
#1541 When must validated payment software be revalidated? Nov 2021
#1540 What software is eligible for validation to the PCI Secure Software Standard? Nov 2021
#1539 Who is qualified to perform assessments to the PCI Secure Software Standard? Nov 2021
#1538 What is the process to initiate a software evaluation to the PCI Secure Software Standard? Nov 2021
#1537 Are remote assessments permitted for PCI DSS? Oct 2021
#1536 What is a compliance-accepting entity? Oct 2021
#1533 For PCI DSS, why is storage of sensitive authentication data (SAD) after authorization not permitted even when there are no primary account numbers (PANs) in an environment? Jul 2021
#1496 Are entities expected to do onsite audits of personnel work-from-home environments? May 2021
#1495 Is an assessor required to visit work-from-home environments to determine if personnel are meeting PCI DSS requirements? May 2021
#1494 For personnel working from home, is the work-from-home environment considered a 'sensitive area' for PCI DSS Requirement 9? May 2021
#1493 What is the PCI 3DS (3D Secure) Core Security Standard? Apr 2021
#1492 How can an entity meet PCI DSS requirements for PAN masking and truncation if it has migrated to 8-digit BINs? Feb 2021
#1491 Does PCI DSS define which versions of TLS must be used? Jan 2021
#1490 Can a PCI 3DS Assessment result in a finding of 'Compliant' if some requirements are not tested? Dec 2020
#1489 Is an EMVCo Letter of Approval required prior to conducting a PCI 3DS Assessment? Dec 2020
#1488 What types of 3DS components are in scope for Requirement P2-7 in the PCI 3DS Core Security Standard? Dec 2020
#1487 Can a 3DS entity outsource the hosting and management of its HSMs to a third-party service provider? Dec 2020
#1486 Can the 'Compliant but with Legal exception' option in the AOC be used to identify where a testing procedure could not be performed due to a legal constraint? Dec 2020
#1485 What is the meaning of 'initial assessment' in PCI DSS? Nov 2020
#1484 If a P2PE Solution is shown as red or orange on PCI's list of Validated P2PE Solutions, does the solution meet the eligibility criteria for SAQ P2PE? Sep 2020
#1483 If a P2PE Solution is on PCI's list of Point-to-Point Encryption Solutions with Expired Validations, does the solution meet the eligibility criteria for SAQ P2PE? Sep 2020
#1482 Are P2PE Products (P2PE Solutions, P2PE Components, P2PE Applications) on the P2PE Expired Listings still considered 'validated' per the P2PE Program Guide? Oct 2020
#1481 What type of assessor signatures are allowable for PCI SSC attestation documentation? Jun 2020
#1480 Which P2PE Program Guide version do I use? May 2020
#1479 Can PCI-listed P2PE v2 components be used as part of a P2PE v3 solution? May 2020
#1478 Can PCI-listed P2PE v3 components be used as part of a P2PE v2 solution? May 2020
#1477 Are software vendors wishing to undergo validation to the PCI Secure Software Lifecycle (Secure SLC) Standard also required to have payment software listed or in the process of being validated to the PCI Secure Software Standard? May 2020
#1473 What is the role of acquirers and assessors in determining the applicability of PCI DSS requirements for a merchant's PCI DSS assessment? Mar 2020
#1472 How can I determine whether a QSA is authorized to perform PCI DSS assessments in all countries that are in scope for my company's PCI DSS assessment? Nov 2019
#1471 What does 'Servicing Markets' on the QSA listing mean? Nov 2019
#1470 Are PFIs required to fill out all the fields in the Final PFI Report? Nov 2019
#1469 How do PCI PTS-approved HSM expiry dates affect a PCI-listed P2PE Solution or Component? Nov 2019
#1468 Can I have the same assessor company or individual assessor perform a PCI DSS and PIN Assessment for our organization? Sep 2019
#1467 Can organizations use alternative password management methods to meet PCI DSS Requirement 8? May 2019
#1464 Does the use of expired PTS POI devices meet eligibility criteria for SAQ B-IP? Mar 2019
#1462 What does 'Window of Payment Card Data Storage' mean in the Final PFI Report template? Jan 2019
#1461 What are the security considerations for TLS 1.3? Jan 2019
#1460 Where should reports be sent when the PFI investigation has concluded there is no evidence of a breach? Nov 2018
#1458 What date should be used for 'Date of Report' in the ROC? Jul 2019
#1457 Are either Software-based PIN Entry on COTS Solutions or Contactless Payments on COTS Solutions eligible for a P2PE Solution approval? Apr 2020
#1456 Can PCI SSC revoke a QSA Company's eligibility to participate in the Associate QSA Program due to quality concerns in connection with that program, and not revoke qualification as a QSA Company? Apr 2018
#1455 Does a QSA need to be onsite at the client's premises for all aspects of a PCI DSS assessment? Jan 2018
#1454 What is the intent of 'administrative access' in PCI DSS? Oct 2017
#1453 Can a PFI Company provide QSA services to an entity after performing a PFI investigation for that entity? Sep 2017
#1452 How does Triple DEA (TDEA) impact ASV Scan results? Sep 2017
#1451 Can PFIs provide reports to their clients before sending the report to the affected payment brands? Nov 2021
#1450 Where can I find more information about the Assessment Guidance for Non-listed Encryption Solutions (aka NESA)? Aug 2017
#1449 Is two-step authentication acceptable for PCI DSS Requirement 8.3? Aug 2018
#1448 What is meant by 'at risk' and 'at-risk timeframe' referenced in the Final PFI Report? Apr 2017
#1447 How does PCI DSS Requirement 11.3.4.1 impact timing of penetration tests for service providers? Apr 2017
#1446 How did Prioritized Approach Tool calculations change for PCI DSS v3.2? Mar 2017
#1445 How should QSA assistance with completion of Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQs) be documented? Feb 2017
#1444 Can a PFI Company perform subsequent PFI investigations for the same entity? Nov 2016
#1443 What is the intent of the SAQ eligibility criteria? Nov 2016
#1442 Can merchants using non-console administrative access be eligible for SAQ B-IP, C-VT, or C? Nov 2016
#1441 Retired - How do the updated SSL/early TLS migration dates apply to service providers?  
#1440 How does PCI DSS Appendix A2 apply after the SSL/early TLS migration deadline? Aug 2018
#1439 How do PCI DSS Requirements 2, 6 and 8 apply to SAQ A merchants May 2019
#1438 How is the payment page determined for SAQ A merchants using iframe? Sep 2016
#1437 Can PCI DSS be used to protect non-payment card data? Aug 2016
#1436 Who has to comply with the PCI standards? Nov 2021
#1435 What is the Council's guidance on the use of SHA-1? Aug 2016
#1434 How do PCI PTS-approved POI device expiry dates affect a PCI-listed P2PE solution? Apr 2020
#1427 Are OEMs and/or hardware/software resellers subject to PCI DSS Requirements 12.8 and 12.9? Jun 2016
#1426 Is 'two-step' authentication the same as 'two-factor' or 'multi-factor' authentication? Feb 2017
#1425 What is the difference between 'multi-factor' authentication and 'two-factor' authentication? Jun 2016
#1385 Which types of tokens are addressed by the PCI SSC tokenization documents? Apr 2016
#1384 What is the difference between 'acquiring tokens', 'issuer tokens', and 'Payment Tokens'? Apr 2016
#1383 To whom do the PCI Token Service Provider Security Requirements apply? Apr 2016
#1382 Can a partial PCI DSS assessment be documented in a Report on Compliance (ROC)? Feb 2016
#1375 Can an Attestation of Compliance (AOC) be provided to an assessed entity before the Report on Compliance (ROC) is finalized? Feb 2016
#1374 Is Payment Account Reference (PAR) as defined by EMVCo considered PCI Account Data? Jan 2016
#1373 Retired - How should entities complete their ROC or SAQ for PCI DSS v3.1 using the new SSL/TLS migration dates?  
#1372 Retired - How should entities apply the new SSL/TLS migration dates to Requirements 2.2.3, 2.3 and 4.1 for PCI DSS v3.1?  
#1369 Does PCI P2PE allow for partial assessments of third parties with services that will be used in one or more P2PE solutions? May 2020
#1368 Can PCI-listed P2PE v3 applications be used in PCI P2PE v2 listed solutions/components? May 2020
#1367 Can PCI-listed P2PE v2.0 applications be used in PCI P2PE v3 solutions/components? Apr 2020
#1358 Which version of the P2PE Standard should be used for a P2PE assessment? Apr 2020
#1356 What does 'Duly Authorized Officer' mean? Oct 2015
#1355 Are applications listed as Acceptable only for Pre-existing Deployments able to meet the current PA-DSS and PCI DSS? Sep 2015
#1354 Can the AOC be redacted to protect sensitive information? Sep 2015
#1339 Are POI devices with only PTS-approved firmware (i.e., no additional software) eligible for use in a PCI P2PE solution? Apr 2020
#1338 What is the difference between POI firmware and additional software that may be present on the POI device? Sep 2015
#1335 Does PCI DSS apply to bank account data? Nov 2021
#1334 Where can I find unlocked versions of the AOCs and SAQs? Jul 2015
#1333 Can PCI DSS compliance be determined by testing only pre-production environments using test data? Jul 2015
#1332 Is a merchant website still in scope for PCI DSS if it meets all the criteria for SAQ A? Jul 2015
#1331 Can SAQ eligibility criteria be used for determining applicability of PCI DSS requirements for onsite assessments? Jan 2017
#1330 For P2PE solutions, can you use PCI approved POI devices with SRED, where the PTS listing indicates 'Non CTLS'? Jul 2015
#1329 What is the current version of PA-DSS? Jun 2016
#1328 What version of PCI DSS should I use? Aug 2018
#1327 Do PANs need to be masked on cardholder statements sent by issuers to customers? Aug 2022
#1326 How does PCI DSS apply to EMVCo Payment Tokens? May 2015
#1325 Does PCI SSC provide a 'PCI DSS Compliant' logo? Apr 2015
#1324 What changes are PFI companies allowed to make to the PFI Reporting Templates? May 2020
#1323 Are disaster-recovery (DR) sites in scope for PCI DSS? Mar 2015
#1322 What are the expiry dates for PTS POI device approvals? Apr 2020
#1321 Do parent/subsidiary companies validate as a single entity or as separate entities? Jan 2015
#1320 Who do I report insecure merchant behavior to? Jan 2015
#1319 Are merchants allowed to request card-verification codes/values from cardholders? Jan 2015
#1318 What is the maximum period of time that cardholder data can be stored? Jan 2015
#1317 What is a 'significant change' for PCI DSS Requirements 11.2 and 11.3? Jan 2015
#1316 Are merchants required to perform the 'Expected Testing' in the SAQs? Jan 2015
#1315 Is storage of truncated PAN considered storage of 'cardholder data' per the SAQ eligibility criteria? Jan 2015
#1314 Is storage of encrypted cardholder data considered 'cardholder data' per the SAQ eligibility criteria? Jan 2015
#1313 Can SAQ B-IP be used if cardholder data is transmitted over wireless? Dec 2014
#1312 If an entity uses a service provider that is not PCI DSS compliant, how does this impact the entity's compliance? May 2015
#1311 Are PFI Companies which are 'in remediation' permitted to perform investigations? Dec 2014
#1310 Are merchants allowed to request that cardholder data be provided over end-user messaging technologies? Nov 2014
#1309 Must payment applications ensure that hashed and truncated versions cannot be correlated? Nov 2014
#1308 How can an entity ensure that hashed and truncated versions cannot be correlated, as required in PCI DSS Requirement 3.4? Nov 2014
#1306 Are PCI Forensic Investigators (PFIs) permitted to enter into retainer-type agreements with merchants and service providers? Apr 2017
#1305 Do you offer examination accommodation? Sep 2014
#1304 What devices does PCI DSS Requirement 10.6.2 apply to? Aug 2018
#1302 How does use of an expired PTS device affect my PCI DSS compliance? Mar 2020
#1301 How do PTS-approved payment terminals support PCI DSS compliance? Aug 2014
#1300 How does PCI DSS apply to payment terminals? Aug 2014
#1299 Are manual imprinter machines in scope for PCI DSS requirements? Jul 2014
#1293 If a merchant's e-commerce implementation meets the criteria that all elements of payment pages originate from a PCI DSS compliant service provider, is the merchant eligible to complete SAQ A or SAQ A-EP? Jun 2014
#1292 Why is there a different approach for Direct Post implementations than for iFrame and URL redirect - what are the technical differences and how do they impact the security of e-commerce transactions? Aug 2015
#1291 Why is SAQ A-EP used for Direct Post while SAQ A is used for iFrame or URL redirect? Aug 2015
#1290 If a merchant uses a service provider to host part or all of their CDE, and the service provider has been validated as PCI DSS compliant, is the merchant's assessor required to go onsite to the third party location and retest the PCI DSS requirements? May 2015
#1289 Does the PA-DSS v3 requirement for hashing stored passwords meet PCI DSS Requirement 8.2.1? May 2015
#1288 Does PA-DSS Requirement 3.3.2 apply to passwords used by the payment application to access other systems/applications (e.g. for the payment application to access a third-party database)? Jun 2014
#1287 Why does PA-DSS v3 require passwords to be protected by a one-way hash (Requirement 3.3.2), whereas PANs can be stored in an encrypted form (Requirement 2.3)? May 2015
#1286 Does PCI DSS apply to virtual (electronic-only) PANs? Nov 2021
#1285 Does PCI DSS apply to one-time or single-use PANs? Nov 2021
#1284 Are acquirers considered service providers for the purpose of PCI DSS Requirements 12.8 and 12.9? Jul 2014
#1283 If a merchant develops an application that runs on a consumer's device (e.g. smartphone, tablet, or laptop) that is used to accept payment card data, what are the merchant's obligations regarding PCI DSS and PA-DSS for that application? Jun 2014
#1282 Can an entity be PCI DSS compliant if they use a service provider that is validated to a previous version of PCI DSS? Aug 2018
#1281 Are point-of-sale devices required to be physically secured (e.g. with a cable or tether) to prevent removal or substitution in order to meet PCI DSS Requirement 9.9? Mar 2020
#1280 Can card verification codes/values be stored for card-on-file or recurring transactions? Oct 2017
#1279 How does using a PA-DSS validated application affect the scope of a merchant's PCI DSS assessment? Jun 2014
#1278 Are PA-DSS applications considered valid if installed on an operating system that is not included in the payment application listing? Jun 2014
#1277 Are merchants required to meet PCI DSS Requirement 12.9? Jun 2014
#1275 What are the PA-DSS Expiry Dates? Jun 2015
#1274 Can my payment application be validated using PA-DSS Version 2? Jun 2015
#1273 Can my payment application be validated using PA-DSS Version 3.0 or 3.1? Jun 2015
#1272 Can my payment application be validated using PA-DSS Version 1.2.1? Jun 2015
#1271 Can I combine sections from different versions of the PA-DSS? Jun 2015
#1270 Retired - How do the requirements in PCI DSS version 3 that are 'best practices' until June 30th 2015 impact my PCI DSS assessment?  
#1266 I'm in the middle of a PCI DSS assessment when a new version is released - should I start again using the new version? May 2015
#1265 Can I combine sections from different versions of the PCI DSS?` May 2015
#1263 What are the Card Production Logical and Physical Security Requirements? Dec 2013
#1262 Will PA-DSS validated applications continue to be Acceptable for New Deployments if they run on an unsupported operating system? Dec 2013
#1261 Does a P2PE validated application also need to be validated against PA-DSS? Apr 2020
#1258 Does PCI SSC endorse specific products to meet PCI DSS requirements? Aug 2013
#1257 Can I report on my Prioritized Approach progress instead of producing a Report on Compliance or Attestation of Compliance? Aug 2013
#1254 What is the intent of PCI DSS requirement 10? May 2014
#1253 Does hashing of passwords meet the intent of PCI DSS Requirement 8.2.1? May 2014
#1252 Do all PCI DSS requirements apply to every system component? May 2014
#1251 What is the process to use previously-deployed POI devices in a PCI P2PE Solution? Apr 2020
#1248 In P2PE, how do 'hybrid' decryption environments differ from 'hardware' decryption environments? Apr 2020
#1247 Who can use SAQ P2PE? Sep 2020
#1246 Can a QSA that is not also a P2PE Assessor validate an encryption solution meets P2PE Requirements? May 2013
#1235 If a merchant or service provider has internal corporate credit cards used by employees for company purchases like travel or office supplies, are these corporate cards considered 'in scope' for PCI DSS? Feb 2013
#1234 I have had an external vulnerability scan completed by an ASV - does this mean I am PCI DSS compliant? Feb 2013
#1233 How does encrypted cardholder data impact PCI DSS scope for third-party service providers? Aug 2016
#1229 What is SAQ C-VT? Feb 2013
#1228 Retired - Will the PCI Security Standards Council approve and list vendors for participation in forensics investigations?  
#1227 Who are the founders of the PCI Security Standards Council? Nov 2021
#1226 What is the role of the Advisory Board? Jan 2013
#1225 What is the relationship between the PCI Data Security Standard and the Payment Application Data Security Standard and PTS Device Security Requirements? Jan 2013
#1224 What does one function per server mean? Aug 2022
#1223 Does PCI DSS, PA-DSS, or PTS apply to ATMs? Aug 2013
#1222 Does cardholder name, expiration date, etc. need to be rendered unreadable if stored in conjunction with the PAN (Primary Account Number)? May 2014
#1221 Do shared hosting providers need to comply with PCI DSS? Aug 2018
#1220 Are compliance certificates recognized for PCI DSS validation? Jul 2015
#1217 Does the PCI DSS apply to issuers? Jan 2013
#1216 Does the PCI DSS apply to acquirers? Jan 2013
#1215 What is the PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire? Nov 2016
#1214 Do the PCI DSS requirements apply to card manufacturers, embossers, card personalizers, or entities that prepare data for card manufacturing? Jan 2013
#1213 Are there any plans to standardize the reporting requirements (reports) for the PCI DSS, PA-DSS, ASV, QSA and PTS programs that are sent to each of the payment brands? Jan 2013
#1212 What is the involvement of the PCI SSC on the compliance validation processes for PCI DSS assessments and scan reports? Jan 2013
#1211 To whom should media inquiries or requests for interviews about the PCI Security Standard Council be directed? Jan 2013
#1210 Are audio/voice recordings permitted to contain sensitive authentication data? Mar 2020
#1196 If I am deemed PCI DSS compliant today by one of the payment card brands, will the other brands in the PCI Security Standards Council recognize this designation of compliance and if so, what information must be put forth to achieve such recognition? Dec 2012
#1195 What is the difference between a Validated Payment Application which is shown on the PCI SSC website as 'Acceptable for New Deployments' and one which is shown as 'Acceptable only for Pre-Existing Deployments'? Dec 2012
#1183 The PA-DSS Program Guide says application version numbers may consist of a combination of fixed and variable alphanumeric characters. What does this mean? May 2015
#1182 Is it acceptable to make minor changes to a PA-DSS validated application and retain the existing version number? Nov 2012
#1181 How can I check whether a payment application is PA-DSS validated? Nov 2012
#1178 How do I reduce the scope of a PCI DSS assessment? Nov 2012
#1177 How does my company become a qualified assessor (QSA, PA-QSA, QSA (P2PE), PA-QSA (P2PE)), or Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV)? Nov 2012
#1176 How does an organization maintain compliance when a standard changes? Aug 2021
#1175 If a merchant is using a payment application listed as 'acceptable only for pre-existing deployments', is the merchant allowed to install more copies of the application? Nov 2012
#1174 For the list of Validated PA-DSS Applications, what is the difference between Revalidation Date and Expiry Date? Nov 2012
#1173 Who is qualified to perform PA-DSS assessments? Nov 2012
#1172 Does the Prioritized Approach replace the PCI DSS? Nov 2012
#1171 Is the Prioritized Approach mandatory? Nov 2012
#1170 How does the Prioritized Approach work? Nov 2012
#1169 What are the Council's requirements for QSA and ASV Companies to maintain a Quality Assurance (QA) manual? Oct 2012
#1168 What assurances does the Council provide regarding the quality of organizations assessing my systems for compliance with the PCI standards? Nov 2012
#1166 Which PCI PTS point-of-interaction (POI) devices can be used in a validated P2PE solution? Apr 2020
#1165 Are P2PE solution providers required to have their solutions validated and listed by the Council? Jun 2016
#1164 Is the PCI P2PE Standard applicable for merchants that have developed/implemented their own encryption solution? Apr 2020
#1163 Is a 'P2PE Assessor' required for a merchant's PCI DSS assessment if the merchant uses a Council-listed P2PE solution? Jun 2016
#1162 Can merchants use encryption solutions not listed on the PCI Council's website to reduce their PCI DSS validation effort? Apr 2020
#1158 What effect does the use of a PCI-listed P2PE solution have on a merchant's PCI DSS validation? Jun 2016
#1157 What should a merchant do if cardholder data is accidentally received via an unintended channel? Oct 2012
#1156 Are call center environments considered 'sensitive areas' for PCI DSS Requirement 9.1.1? Oct 2012
#1155 Which service provider category should I use for Part 2 of the PCI DSS Attestation of Compliance (AOC) for Service Providers? Jul 2015
#1154 Is pre-authorization account data in scope for PCI DSS? May 2014
#1153 How does PCI DSS apply to VoIP? Oct 2012
#1152 Can an entity be PCI DSS compliant if they have performed quarterly scans, but do not have four 'passing' scans? May 2014
#1147 What is the purpose of requiring consoles/PCs to become 'locked' after 15 minutes of idle time, per PCI DSS Requirement 8.1.8? Jul 2014
#1146 What is the difference between masking and truncation? Sep 2021
#1142 How do I contact the payment card brands? Nov 2021
#1141 Retired - What are the fines and penalties assessed to companies for non-compliance with the PCI DSS?  
#1140 Which Self-assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) should I complete? Jul 2015
#1139 Can I fax payment card numbers and still be PCI DSS Compliant? Aug 2014
#1138 Does PCI SSC provide a list of PCI DSS-compliant service providers? Mar 2020
#1137 How can I validate if a number is a legitimate credit card number? Jul 2012
#1136 Can the full payment card number be printed on the consumer's copy of the receipt? May 2014
#1135 Can VLANS be used for network segmentation? Jul 2012
#1134 What are the steps needed to perform a self assessment to validate compliance with PCI DSS? Jul 2015
#1133 Why are there multiple PCI DSS Self-assessment Questionnaires (SAQs)? Nov 2016
#1132 What is an Attestation of Compliance? Jul 2012
#1131 Does the council have a mapping between PCI DSS and ISO 27002 (formerly ISO 17799) or other standards? Jul 2012
#1130 Are operating systems that are no longer supported by the vendor non-compliant with the PCI DSS? Jun 2013
#1129 Does media containing cardholder data (for example, backup tapes or disks) need to be physically labeled as confidential for PCI DSS Requirement 9.6.1? May 2014
#1128 What happens if I'm using a PA-DSS validated payment application that is breached? Jul 2012
#1127 Is there opportunity to provide feedback on the PCI Council's standards? Jul 2012
#1126 How do I determine whether my business would be required to conduct an independent assessment or a self-assessment? Jul 2012
#1125 Are there any plans for PCI SSC to be a single point of contact for a merchant, financial institute or processor to send a PCI DSS compliance report to? Dec 2012
#1124 PCI DSS provides a common data security standard across all payment brands. Are there any plans to provide a common structure of penalties and/or fines for non-compliance to this standard? Jul 2012
#1123 In what way does the PCI Security Standards Council make payment card data more secure? Jul 2012
#1122 What is the scope of the PCI Security Standards Council's activities? Jul 2012
#1117 Are truncated Primary Account Numbers (PAN) required to be protected in accordance with PCI DSS? Sep 2021
#1115 How does PCI DSS apply to individual PCs or workstations? Jun 2012
#1096 When a QSA or ASV is newly approved, who is the contact at the PCI Security Standards Council to request a press release? Apr 2012
#1095 What will be the role of the PCI Security Standards Council in expanding the global coverage of both QSAs and ASVs? Jul 2012
#1094 Will the PCI Security Standards Council be involved in performing forensics investigations as a result of an account data compromise event? Apr 2012
#1093 Does Requirement 3.4 apply to mainframes? Apr 2012
#1092 Does PCI DSS apply to merchants who outsource all payment processing operations and never store, process or transmit cardholder data? Apr 2012
#1091 What are acceptable formats for truncation of primary account numbers? Jun 2022
#1089 Are hashed Primary Account Numbers (PAN) considered cardholder data that must be protected in accordance with PCI DSS? Apr 2012
#1088 What is meant by 'adequate network segmentation' in the PCI DSS? May 2014
#1087 For vulnerability scans, what is meant by quarterly? Aug 2017
#1086 How does encrypted cardholder data impact PCI DSS scope? Aug 2016
#1085 Can unencrypted PANs be sent over e-mail, instant messaging, SMS, or chat? Aug 2022
#1084 What is the intent of PCI DSS Requirement 3.4.1? May 2014
#1083 What is the mission of the PCI Security Standards Council? Apr 2012
#1082 If a merchant has multiple processing environments, should the merchant complete multiple SAQ to validate their PCI DSS compliance? Jul 2015
#1081 Does PCI DSS Requirements 10.2 and 10.3 mean that both database and application logging is required? May 2014
#1080 Are administrators allowed to share passwords? Oct 2012
#1079 What is the definition of 'merchant'? Nov 2021
#1078 In what circumstances is multi-factor authentication required? Mar 2020
#1077 How extensive must background checks be for employees who have access to cardholder data? May 2014
#1076 Is it permissible to use FTP if proper security measures are implemented? May 2015
#1075 Is it permissible to use self-decrypting files for encryption to send cardholder data? May 2015
#1074 Is intrusion detection required if centralized log correlation is in place? May 2014
#1073 Do PCI DSS Requirements apply to Bluetooth technology? Aug 2022
#1072 What is the purpose of requiring account lockout, per PCI DSS Requirements 8.1.6 and 8.1.7? Jul 2014
#1071 Can the full credit card number be displayed within a browser window? May 2015
#1070 Are digital images containing cardholder data and/or sensitive authentication data included in the scope of the PCI DSS? Aug 2022
#1069 Does PCI DSS apply to paper with cardholder data (for example, receipts, reports, etc.)? Aug 2022
#1068 Are digital leased lines considered public or private? Aug 2022
#1067 What is meant by 'non-consumer users' in PCI DSS Requirement 8? May 2014
#1066 What is an 'inactive user account' as used in PCI DSS Requirement 8? Aug 2022
#1065 Should service providers demonstrate PCI DSS compliance as part of their client's assessment or in their own separate assessment? Jul 2015
#1064 What is a VT or Virtual Terminal? Apr 2012
#1063 Does SAQ C-VT replace SAQ C? Apr 2012
#1062 What is meant by a 'payment application' in Part 2d of the Attestation of Compliance? Jul 2015
#1061 Retired - How frequently will the PCI Security Standards Council update the PCI DSS and PA-DSS?  
#1060 How would an identified Denial of Service (DoS) vulnerability affect a company's ability to pass a PCI DSS vulnerability scan from an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV)? Apr 2012
#1055 Should I complete the Prioritized Approach milestones in sequential order? Nov 2012
#1054 Does the PCI Security Standards Council provide information on security breaches, status of investigations, or PCI DSS compliance status? Mar 2017
#1053 Can a payment application that uses cryptographic keys hard-coded by the vendor be PA-DSS compliant if they cannot be changed by the customer? Apr 2012
#1052 Can a payment application that implements the same cryptographic keys across multiple installations be PA-DSS compliant? Apr 2012
#1051 Can application whitelisting be used to meet PCI DSS Requirement 5? Jul 2015
#1050 I make ATMs, what do I need to do for PTS? Jan 2014
#1046 Will the PCI Security Standards Council 'approve' my organization's implementation of compensating controls in my effort to comply with the PCI DSS? Apr 2012
#1045 Is MPLS considered a private or public network when transmitting cardholder data? May 2014
#1044 Do ISPs that provide only internet connection need to comply with the PCI DSS? Apr 2012
#1043 Is frame relay considered a private network and are there any encryption requirements? Apr 2012
#1042 Should cardholder data be encrypted while in memory? Apr 2012
#1041 What is the scope of a PCI DSS assessment for a network that is not segmented? Apr 2012
#1040 Is it required that all of a company's sites, even those located in other countries, must be included in the company's PCI DSS review? Apr 2012
#1039 Does PCI DSS apply to debit cards, debit payments, and debit systems? Nov 2021
#1038 Does PCI DSS apply to 'hot cards,' expired, cancelled or invalid card account numbers? Jul 2015
#1037 Do hosting providers have responsibility for liabilities/fines? Apr 2012
#1036 How can I provide feedback (negative or positive) about my QSA/ASV? Apr 2012
#1035 What is the definition of 'remote access'? Jun 2016
#1034 What are system-level objects, as identified in PCI DSS Requirement 10.2.7? May 2014
#1033 Can you provide clarification for logging/audit trail per PCI DSS requirements 10.2.5 and 10.2.6? May 2014
#1032 Can you provide clarification of PCI DSS requirement 10.3.6? May 2014
#1024 Is PCI DSS a global standard? Apr 2012
#1023 What are the requirements that have to be satisfied to be in compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard? Apr 2012
#1022 Do small merchants with limited transaction volumes need comply with PCI DSS? Jul 2015
#1021 How much will it cost for a vendor to have their products validated to PA-DSS by a PA-QSA? Nov 2012
#1020 How does PA-DSS support a merchant's PCI DSS compliance? May 2014
#1019 If my business was deemed compliant but my system was still breached and payment account data compromised after the fact, what liability would my business incur? Apr 2012
#1018 Retired - Will the PCI Security Standards Council list compliant service providers and/or merchants on its Web site?  
#1017 How can my organization find assistance in completing the Self-Assessment Questionnaire? Apr 2012
#1016 Retired - I want to add input into this process. How do I become a member of the Council?  
#1015 What are the consequences to my business if I do not comply with the PCI DSS? Apr 2012
#1014 Do QSAs and ASVs need to send reports of compliance (ROCs) or scanning results to the PCI Security Standards Council directly? Apr 2012
#1011 Once my business has been determined to be compliant by a QSA, would I or the QSA need to communicate this fact to the PCI Security Standards Council? Apr 2012
#1009 In case of a suspected breach, should the PCI Security Standards Council be contacted directly? Apr 2012
#1004 Does the PCI Security Standards Council enforce compliance? Apr 2012
#1003 Where is the PCI Security Standards Council Located? Apr 2012