Payment Card Industry Council Tackles 3rd-Party Security

By Allison Grande (August 8, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT) -- The payment card industry's self-regulatory body on Thursday issued new guidance for merchants that share cardholder data with third parties, recommending the establishment of a clear and robust data management plan to help combat the added security vulnerabilities.

In releasing the Third-Party Security Assurance Information Supplement, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council observed that merchants and other entities are increasingly turning to third-party service providers to store, process, and transmit cardholder data and to manage components of their systems such as routers, firewalls and databases.

Several recent reports and studies have pinpointed security vulnerabilities introduced by third parties as a...

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