PCI-DSS Compliance: Need of the Hour in the Modern Digital Era?

In this era of digital payment, one single breach of consumers’ financial data can result in unthinkable repercussions for any organization, including hefty penalties, severe damage in reputation, millions of dollars lawsuits, and a massive loss in customer trust. Hence, complete security of every payment transaction is not just a need but a make-or-break factor for every business today. PCI DSS compliance protects cardholder data from fraudulent actions while it offers business organizations the safety blanket by significantly reducing the risk of data loss.

Cloud4C is here to guide enterprises in assessing their potential exposure to financial, organizational and operational losses while dealing with cardholder data. In order to safeguard the cardholder data at your business end, our experts provide the best practices and guidelines for firewall installation, data encryption, antivirus software deployment, and more. We also help you restrict access to the cardholder data as well as network resources. With Cloud4C’s PCI DSS services, the safety of your every payment transaction is guaranteed.

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What Exactly is PCI DSS Compliance?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard or PCI DSS is a set of security protocols designed by PCI Security Standards Council to assist organizations in protecting customers’ payment information against fraud through high-level payment security. These protocols or standards apply to each of those organizations that process sensitive authentication data and transmit cardholder data. Organizations that accept debit or credit card payments must undertake a complete PCI DSS security audit covering all the essential aspects of data security, such as access management, data retention, data encryption, authentication, and more, in order to achieve the PCI DSS compliance certification.

How Does Your Business Benefit from Being PCI DSS Compliant?

Data Security Breaches

Prevents data security breaches

Customer Identity Theft

Reduces risks of customer identity theft

Customer Loyalty Improvement

Improves customer trust and loyalty

Data Breach Penalty

Avoids hefty liabilities and penalties

Advanced Cybersecurity Practices

Creates secure and sustainable practices

The Roadblocks: Key Challenges in Implementing PCI DSS Standards

While PCI DSS is a mandatory step for businesses doing online transactions, achieving PCI DSS compliance can pose an insurmountable challenge to organizations as it demands dedicated resources to validate the process and follow best practices.

Long list of requirements

Meeting almost 246 mandatory requirements and maintaining PCI DSS compliance for 12 months need the guidance of experienced certified compliance consultants (PCI DSS, ASV, QSA).

The technicalities

Unlike ISO and other industry standards, PCI DSS is highly technical in nature. Extensive knowledge of security system integration and security technologies is a must to meet the requirements.

Organizational pressure

Pressure from internal and external stakeholders to achieve the PCI DSS certification as soon as possible often leads to poor implementation of guidelines, risking cardholders data and business reputation.

Competency gap

Lack of qualified security assessor or other experts often leads to a serious competency gap in understanding and fulfilling the PCI DSS requirements throughout the compliance process.

Defining the scope

From PCI compliance assessment to PCI DSS compliance validation or comprehensive documentation, every part of the scope must be defined in advance to ensure effective planning and execution.

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Clearing the Silos: Best Practices to Be PCI DSS Compliant

Build and maintain network security
Protect cardholder data
Create and maintain vulnerability management program
  • Firewall configuration
  • Unique passwords
  • From theft and unauthorized alteration
  • Sufficient encryption during transmission
  • Antivirus software installation
  • Utmost security of all systems and applications
Implement robust access control measures
Regular network monitoring and testing
Implement and follow data security policy
  • Restricted access to cardholder data
  • Assign unique identifiers to cardholders and systems
  • Restricted physical access to cardholder data
  • Track and monitor access to resources within network
  • Schedule regular tests for all security systems in the network
  • Security policy for employees and contractors
  • Technology usage policies
  • Employee security awareness initiatives

Cloud4C End-to-end Managed Compliance and Compliance-as-a-Service Offerings

With Cloud4C’s dedicated Compliance-as-a-Service or Managed Compliance offerings, enterprises can augment their IT infra, cloud landscapes, architectures, systems, and applications to be fully compliant with different regulations and standards. Cloud4C’s global acumen paired with world-class compliance experts and state-of-the-art technologies duly investigate customer landscapes, assess functionalities and workloads to verify whether the same are compliant with the concerned protocol or not, delivering strategies and implementing the necessary procedures to ensure that companies across the globe operate risk-proof.

We are adept in all major cloud services certification program initiatives. Be any hyperscaler cloud landscape, on-prem systems, private cloud ecosystems, third-party environments, or remote edge ecosystems, Cloud4C’s managed compliance services cover it all and help organizations be compliance-ready end-to-end.


Information Security Registered Assessors Program or IRAP concerns a set of security protocols and frameworks to audit, analyze, and measure cybersecurity efficiency of an organization basis Australian security requirements and standards. This is monitored by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

Bank Negara

A major compliance framework and regulations catering to BFSI activities and banking institutions monitored by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)

Central Bank of Oman

Regulations certified by Central Bank of Oman catering to all BFSI functions and banking institutions in Oman


Centralized cybersecurity framework and processes regulated by Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority to guide organizations across all industries to effectively protect their operations, assets, and data.


Regulations and frameworks offered by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority to supervise banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, stock exchanges, securities dealers, etc.

UAE Compliances

Broader UAE compliances regarding data residency, privacy, and other regulations governing enterprise functions in the United Arab Emirates.


Compliance regulations for BFSI activities and financial institutions concerning security, operational management, data administration, etc. Delivered by the Reserve Bank of India, the nation’s premier banking organization.


Guidelines issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the nation’s central BFSI authority on outsourcing operations and processes of financial institutions.


Regulations issued and monitored by the Financial Services Authority of Indonesia (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan) on the functioning and operations of financial institutions.


General Data Protection Regulation is a set of advanced regulations governing the collection and usage of personal data from individuals residing in the European Union.


The Payment Cards Industry Data Security Standard sets frameworks and benchmarks to ensure that all enterprises engaging in accepting, storing, processing credit card data maintain a highly secure environment.


Standards and frameworks set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to ensure the privacy, security, and integrity of sensitive patient information. The HITRUST (Health Information Trust Alliance) certification is garnered by healthcare companies as proof that they comply with HIPAA standards.


The GXP compliance standard is an acronym for regulatory requirements and guidelines applicable for the broader life sciences, food, and medical products, etc (The ‘X’ stands for any letter applicable vertical-wise). For instance, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

ISO Standards

Introduced by the International Organization for Standardization, these frameworks certify the global standard requirements applicable to any offering or service. The number after an ISO refers to the concerned category: ISO-27001, ISO-27017, ISO-27018, ISO-22301, ISO-20000, etc.

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