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PCI council publishes wireless security guidelines for payment cards – Network World

Posted in PCI by ebs4pos on July 17, 2009

Any business accepting credit and debit cards — and using or considering wireless LANs — should carefully review the recommendations for use of 802.11 wireless access points that are detailed in the guidelines issued Wednesday by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.

In the past, the council has issued standards that have become required by Visa, MasterCard, banks and others for secure processing of payment and debit cards. Troy Leach, the council’s technical director, emphasized that the recommendations in the “PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) Wireless Guideline” are not mandatory for businesses handling payment cards and using WLANs. But he adds, “This is probably the way wireless should have been deployed all along.”

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And though not officially mandatory, the PCI guideline for WLAN deployments, which expands on the existing 12-part standard PCI DSS that is required, do point merchants in the direction the council thinks is optimum for protecting cardholder data.

via PCI council publishes wireless security guidelines for payment cards – Network World.

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