For cybercriminals, credit card data is a gold mine. Left unprotected, hackers will do all they can to steal this sensitive information. Protecting customer data has become a risk and security management priority for banks, credit card companies and businesses.

PCI DSS Compliance

Today, every business is in the software business, which means organizations are now tasked with building, maintaining and deploying bullet-proof software with little to no risk. And, software development and application oversight are critical components of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, particularly in the context of two requirements:

  1. Requirement 6: develop and maintain secure systems and applications
  2. Requirement 11: regularly test security systems and processes

To earn, maintain and demonstrate PCI DSS compliance, all companies associated with card payments must adhere to a robust information security policy put in place to develop and maintain secure systems and applications. This effort to protect stored data directs organizations to build secure software, where vulnerabilities in code are remediated and security systems and processes are regularly monitored and tested.

This is easier said than done.

Large organizations with distributed application development teams still struggle to maintain a consistent, continuous view of risk across the software development lifecycle (SDLC). Disparate workflows among security and development teams can make collaboration difficult and significantly impact an organization’s ability to demonstrate PCI DSS compliance to both internal and external auditors.

Finding ZeroNorth

Even with a clear picture of PCI DSS compliance, identifying how technology can fit the needs of a specific environment remains critical. The ZeroNorth platform offers a broad set of capabilities to deliver application and infrastructure security, ideally suited to support PCI DSS compliance.

The ZeroNorth Solution for PCI DSS Compliance

From AppSec to SecOps, ZeroNorth delivers a unified platform of risk-based vulnerability orchestration across the SDLC. This coordinated visibility enables companies to assess risk, prioritize critical business applications and gain the needed flexibility to rapidly onboard new testing solutions—without slowing down the pace of business.

Because the PCI requirement has identified application security as a cornerstone, the ZeroNorth platform directly impacts the ability to build, maintain and test the security of systems and products. By ingesting data from existing scanning tools, while allowing businesses to leverage current ones, ZeroNorth delivers open source scan tools to close any security gaps in scanning capabilities.

The ZeroNorth platform capabilities can help you meet requirements of PCI DSS compliance:

Find a comprehensive view of risk, as required by PCI Requirement 6:

Develop and maintain secure systems and applications, including the ability to define and produce effective PCI compliance policies.

Maintain secure systems and applications, as required by PCI Requirement 6:

Orchestration eradicates the challenge of siloed data and fragmented workflows to help create a robust cybersecurity program around security systems and applications.

Regularly test security system and processes, as required by PCI Requirement 11:

Remove fragmented workflows between teams and regularly test security systems and processes through practical assessment and mitigation of risk.

Accurately assess threats, as required by PCI Requirement 11:

Automation within vulnerability orchestration empowers businesses to consistently implement and manage project workflows across individual discovery tools.

PCI-DSS Requirement


AppSec Activity

(ZeroNorth capabilities)

Reg 6.3 Develop software applications following best practices and incorporating security through the SDLC.

Orchestrates scanning tools leveraged across the SDLC and enables customers to quickly identify and remediate high-risk vulnerabilities. Open source tools (e.g., SCA, SAST, DAST) embedded directly into the platform fill security gaps in a scanning portfolio.

Reg 6.3.2 Review custom code prior to release to production to identify and remediate vulnerabilities.

Reg 6.5 Address common coding vulnerabilities during the software development process.

Ingests data from commercial SAST tools and orchestrates them to ensure custom code is secure. SCA tools may be leveraged to verify the security of open source components.

Open source scanning tools (e.g., SCA, SAST, DAST) embedded in the platform enable customers to fill potential gaps in their scanning portfolio.

Reg 6.6 For public-facing web applications, address new threats and vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis, leveraging vulnerability security assessments.

Ingests data from commercial web application vulnerability scanning tools and allows customers to continually orchestrate with open source tools to identify vulnerabilities in web applications and jumpstart key initiatives.

Reg 11.3 Implement penetration testing, both inside and outside the network.

Ingests, correlates and prioritizes results from various penetration testing tools, as well as third party manual test results.

Learn more about the ZeroNorth Solution for PCI DSS Compliance

Read the PCI DSS Solution Brief

Read the PCI DSS Datasheet

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