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IT Checklists for PCI Compliance

IT professionals keep businesses running: they often manage networks, field support requests, give trainings, oversee deployments, and serve as database admins—all in the course of a day. Data security and compliance are added responsibilities on top of maintaining basic business operations, so separate and thorough tracking methods can help make the entire organization more secure.

We include a PCI DSS IT checklist PDF in our PCI Guide to give IT teams the support they need to fulfill each PCI DSS requirement, one by one.

What is PCI DSS? 

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PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. This standard is a set of technical and security requirements that a business must follow if they handle payment cards.

The PCI DSS was created by the major credit card brands in 2004, and is maintained, defined, and updated by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). The most recent iteration of the PCI DSS is version 4.0, which was released in 2022 and became official on April 1, 2022. 

IT data security tasks

These lists are based specifically on PCI DSS requirements, and they are designed to help managers make sure that even the smallest tasks are covered. Each list includes subsets of “things you  will need to have ,” “things you will need to do ,” and “things you may need to do .”

We reference the specific PCI DSS requirement that goes with each task. For example, on the “Requirement 4: Transmitting Cardholder Data” checklist, we match IT tasks with their specific requirement found in the PCI DSS. 

For example:

  • Requirement 4.2.b deals with reviewing and implementing your policies and procedures around card handling
  • Requirements 4.1 and 4.1.1 call for review of your system configurations and adjustment of your encryption configurations
  • The task associated with requirement 8.3 is to set up multi-factor authentication for all remote access
  • Setting your audit log to record failed log in attempts fulfills requirement 10.2.4

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PCI DSS IT checklists

When you work with PCI IT checklists, you can keep track of compliance tasks individually, or as a group. With our IT checklists, you can print out lists or use them electronically. Many IT departments print off the checklists for every member of their team to make sure no one is missing any important PCI DSS compliance tasks.

IT pros have told us that they love our PCI guides specifically for the checklists. They use them to help when filling out their PCI Report on Compliance (ROC) or preparing for a PCI audit. The lists provide a starting point and help keep teams and individuals on task.

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Interactive PCI compliance IT checklists

There are twelve lists—one to cover each requirement—and within each are interactive fields and checklists. Managers and team members can enter to whom the requirement list is assigned, its assigned completion date, and review date.

As interactive PDFs, the checklists can be checked and unchecked electronically. So, teams can keep track of progress on the PDF versions, or just print them out and take them on the go. This feature also doubles as a way to easily document general PCI compliance efforts at your organization.

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The SecurityMetrics Guide to PCI DSS Compliance

For even more information and tips about PCI DSS compliance, check out our PCI guide.  Our 2018 version includes the interactive checklists as well as PCI auditor insights, forensic data breach statistics, and more in-depth information on each of the requirements.

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