In order to achieve Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance, you need web application vulnerability scanning and management tools with the ability to produce audit-ready reports, comply to security standards, safeguard cardholder data, and satisfy PCI DSS requirements.
Obtaining the necessary expertise to achieve and maintain PCI compliance can be challenging and expensive for organizations of any size. With built-in web application vulnerability scanning, vulnerability management, web application firewall (WAF) integrations, issue tracker integrations, and audit-ready compliance reports, Acunetix gives you the tools you need to reach PCI DSS compliance readiness.
Quick and Easy PCI DSS Compliance
With web technologies moving at such a rapid pace, modern websites are full of complexities. Many legacy vulnerability scanners designed to scan websites built a decade ago don’t meet the needs of the modern web and therefore can’t scan large and complex web applications quickly and accurately. With a re-engineered core and a highly optimized crawler, every inch of Acunetix is tuned for speed, efficiency, and accuracy, allowing it to find those PCI DSS vulnerabilities even in the largest and most complex of web applications without breaking a sweat.
What’s more, with Acunetix, it’s possible to throttle the speed at which a scan runs, ensuring that even high-traffic sites can be scanned without affecting their performance. You can also schedule PCI DSS vulnerability compliance scans to run at specific times of a day, week or month, or even define you own custom schedule.
You also have the option of running scans on a continuous basis with Acunetix, only running a quick scan every day of the week with a full PCI DSS compliance scan run once a week. This ensures that any new vulnerabilities that may have been introduced in-between full scans get picked up by Acunetix immediately.
Audit-Ready PCI DSS Compliance Reports
With built-in reports for PCI DSS and other compliance standards, Acunetix enables you to quickly and easily crunch scan results every day, satisfying management and auditor requests and protecting your organization against costly penalties. Additionally, Acunetix also allows users to export discovered vulnerabilities to third-party software such as issue trackers like Atlassian Jira, GitHub, GitLab, Bugzilla, Mantis, and Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS).
One of the biggest issues with conventional web vulnerability scanners is that they simply report a list of potential vulnerabilities after a scan is complete. Acunetix takes a different approach in that once a vulnerability is found during a scan, it is automatically cataloged and assigned a status of Open. After the vulnerability gets fixed, Acunetix may be used to retest the vulnerability to make sure it’s properly fixed, and then automatically marks it as Fixed, allowing you to easily report on remediation progress to management, auditors, and other stakeholders quickly, accurately and most importantly, from one centralized location.
All of this information is available at a glance in the Acunetix dashboard and thanks to multi-user, multi-role capabilities, users can only see what they’re meant to. With Acunetix you will be able to focus on web security instead of needing to make a significant change to the way you work.
Frequently asked questions
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a standard set of policies and procedures. It was designed to protect owners of payment cards against cybercrime and to make sure that businesses and organizations processing cardholder data do it in a secure way. To work with payment cards, businesses must be compliant with PCI DSS.
The PCI DSS standard applies to any business or organization that handles, processes, stores, or transmits credit card data – this includes all merchants and service providers. In practice, this means that if you process any payment card information (for example, accept card payments), you must be PCI DSS compliant.
The PCI DSS standard requires most businesses and organizations that process card information to perform quarterly vulnerability scans. Such formal scans must be performed by a PCI Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV). However, businesses and organizations should perform vulnerability scans (both web and network scans) much more often to be truly secure.
The Acunetix PCI DSS report is a valuable tool for assessing the compliance of your web security measures continuously, not just as part of ASV scans. It is also used by ASV service providers. This report organizes issues discovered by Acunetix according to PCI DSS classification. The PCI DSS report is available as a standard Acunetix report along with many other types of compliance reports.
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“We use Acunetix as part of our Security in the SDLC and to test code in DEV and SIT before being promoted to Production.”Kurt Zanzi, Xerox CA-MMIS Information Securtiy Office, Xerox