Overview

This online course covers the basic aspects of the PCI Data Security Standard for handling credit card data. It’s designed for professionals working for companies that must comply with the PCI DSS and its impact on company operations.

Course Content

Course Description

Every organization that processes credit card payments has the payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) applied to it. By working in an organization that accepts credit card payments or stores, processes, and transmits cardholder data, you must be aware of the requirements placed upon you by the payment card industry.

PCI DSS is meant to protect the data of credit and debit cardholders to minimize or eliminate data breaches and other security incidents. The PCI DSS has 12 high-level requirements involving the protection of payment card data during processing, storage, or transmission. To be PCI compliant, entities must maintain secure internal operations, remediate insecure practices, and submit validation and/or compliance reports. Failure to comply with the PCI DSS can result in fines and/or penalties, the severity of which is defined by the individual payment card brands.

PCI DSS supplies a guides that at a high level describes all of the requirements an organization must meet for compliance. A lot of the mandates in document are open to interpretation and may not clearly define what is applicable to your organization. The document also does little to account for some of the intricacies associated with how payments are actually processed. And then there is the interpretation of compensating controls one must consider to determine if your company is meeting the spirit of the requirements.

The proliferation of online marketplaces, and the increased ease of using secure applications to submit payments has made the understanding of PCI regulations a necessity for professionals throughout organizations. Information Technology professionals will most likely be exposed to having to operate and secure a payment card environment. This course will explore all of the PCI requirements and touch on how they can be satisfied outright or via compensating controls. Upon completion of this course, students will obtain a deep understanding of how payment cards are processed, determine what is considered in scope for an assessment, and differentiate between compliance levels. This course is meant to help you prepare your organization so that you are able to navigate all of the pitfalls that are associated with becoming a PCI Compliant company. Upon completion, the student will understand the PCI compliance mandates and how to properly prepare your environment so that you may successfully pass an audit.

What is PCI DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, or PCI DSS, is a list of criteria mandated by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council that requires organizations that handle credit cards to comply with. Compliance with the PCI DSS is reviewed and validated for organizations quarterly or annually via an external audit. The PCI DSS was created to reduce credit card fraud by increasing the controls related to cardholder data.

What is PCI DSS Compliance?

PCI DSS is a list of requirements that cover major payment card companies like Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and JCB. The list is comprised of 12 general data security requirements that all merchants must adhere to. Additionally, there are more than 200 supplementary requirements that apply to some merchants, depending on the company. The 12 PCI DSS requirements dictate that merchants:

  • Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data.
  • Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters.
  • Protect stored cardholder data.
  • Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks.
  • Use and regularly update antivirus software.
  • Develop and maintain secure systems and applications.
  • Restrict access to cardholder data by business need-to-know.
  • Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access.
  • Restrict physical access to cardholder data.
  • Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data.
  • Regularly test security systems and processes.
  • Maintain a policy that addresses information security.

What Does this PCI DSS Training Cover?

The PCI DSS was established to ensure the security of debit and credit cardholders’ information and to eliminate or significantly reduce security incidents and data breaches. The standard that has been set consists of 12 requirements that must be met by all entities that handle payment cards including the processing, storage, and transmission of card data. In order to remain in compliance, these entities must always maintain protected internal operations, resolve any insecure practices, and complete validation or compliance reports. If they are not in compliance with the PCI DSS, they may be fined or otherwise penalized.

This course was created because IT professionals working for organizations involved with payment cardholders’ data, in any manner, will likely be exposed to the operations and security of a payment card environment. In our course, you will cover all 12 of the PCI DSS requirements in depth and briefly touch upon how the requirements can be met directly or with compensating controls.

When you have completed the PCI training, you will have a good understanding of how payment card processing works, what is involved in a compliance assessment, and how to distinguish different compliance levels. Additionally, the course will prepare you to help your company maintain compliance with the PCI Security Standards Council and successfully pass an audit.

The PCI DSS training course has a total of 3 hours and 7 minutes of clock time, and you will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the training.

Who Should Take the PCI DSS Training Course?

Cybrary’s Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard online class is intended to be taken by any professionals who are employed in corporate finance or at any entity that is involved in debit or credit card processing who need to be familiar with the fundamental aspects of the mandate. Additionally, the course can be taken by anyone who is interested in accounting, finance, IT, information security, or any other related fields.