New resource: Sysnet's view of what 9.9 means for merchants

As we draw closer to July 1, 2015 - the date PCI DSS requirement 9.9 moves from a best practice to an enforceable requirement - industry experts continue to weigh in with their perspective on what the new portion of the standard will mean for merchants.

One of our first partners, Sysnet Global Solutions, who specialize in PCI DSS compliance validation and merchant intelligence solutions, have been leaders in thinking and talking about what 9.9 means.

Their new white paper "PCI DSS v3.0: A closer look at Requirement 9.9 - Payment Terminal Protection" author Jason McWhirr, CISSP takes a look at just what the requirement is asking and what you'll need to do to comply.

The main focus of the piece is to spell out exactly what is needed to comply, which he breaks into the following catagories:

1) Inventory – Know what you have, and who is responsible
2) Risk – Know how exposed your payment devices are
3) Train – Know what to look for and who to report to
4) Inspect – Checking the terminals
5) Evidence – Maintain a record of inspections, findings, and incidents

At the end of the paper, he presents a useful list of companies and tools that could help a merchant with compliance (of which our SpotSkim is one). You can download the paper here.

If you haven't started planning for the requirement yet, now is the time. Contact us today to see how SpotSkim makes it as easy as possible to comply with PCI DSS requirement 9.9.

Hot off the digital presses! New PCI DSS 9.9 Resource

The Doomsday Clock recently ticked closer to midnight. While not nearly as perilous, heading into February also marks the swift approach of another countdown – the compliance date for PCI DSS 3, requirement 9.9. Currently a best practice, after June 30 this year, merchants will be expected to comply with the requirement.

To this point, many of the merchants that we talk to here at Termtegrity have yet to really delve into what compliance with 9.9 will mean for them. It’s another item on the list. But it is an item that becomes more complex as the size of your organization grows and will likely require organizational operational change.

Luckily, this is top of mind for industry thought leaders, who have begun talking about what the implications of this requirement are for merchants and how to start thinking to prepare for July 1.

One of the leading experts in the industry, Dr. Branden Williams (who literally wrote the book on PCI compliance) has just published a white paper called “Preventing Terminal Tampering – An Examination of the Business Impacts of Requirement 9.9” which takes a step back from the nitty-gritty of the requirement and looks at business level consequences and what you can do to manage the new requirement.

In it, he gives advice on various methods of compliance and discusses the challenges that merchants of all sizes will face. It’s both comprehensive and practical, and definitely worth taking the time to read.

You can obtain a copy of the whitepaper on our site (after a short registration) and while you’re at it, take a second to follow @BrandenWilliams on twitter to get Branden’s unfiltered view on PCI, life, and everything in-between.

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