Consistent Data Security Measures
Data warehousing has expanded business data capabilities while at the same time highlighting the importance of data protection. Public awareness of data protection regulations has been growing steadily, thanks to the past successes of GDPR and CCPA consumer data regulations. The focus here is the payment card industry data security standard (PCI-DSS), which governs the storage and utilization of sensitive financial customer information by a company or merchants.
If a PCI-DSS data breach were to occur, the repercussions for an organization and its customers would be catastrophic. Not only would the business’ reputation take a significant hit, but customers would have the nightmare task of monitoring their personal banking services to identify fraudulent transactions.
Trianz understands the sensitive nature of storing payment card information. PCI-DSS is a proprietary information security standard that was created by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) in partnership with financial institutions. Members of the council include American Express (AMEX), MasterCard, and VISA — all major credit card companies in the payment card industry. Our experts can help you configure your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud in a PCI-DSS compliant manner to mitigate the risk of a sensitive data breach and protect customer credit card data.
PCI-DSS Compliant Data Migration Services on AWS
Trianz is a leading database migration assessment and execution firm. We have helped hundreds of Fortune 500 clients to migrate their data warehouse to AWS. Our experts understand the sensitive nature of storing card details and offer a comprehensive PCI-DSS compliant consulting service on AWS.
Trianz offers a range of AWS data migration services with PCI-DSS compliance:
PCI-DSS Compliant Legacy to Cloud Data Migrations
If your business has outgrown your existing data warehouse, it may be time to move to the cloud. AWS is certified as a PCI DSS 3.2 level 1 service provider. This means all Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions on the platform can be fully PCI-DSS compliant when properly configured by a partner like Trianz. You can find more details on specific AWS services that are PCI-DSS compliant here.
Despite AWS having broad infrastructure-based PCI-DSS compliance, user input is still required to secure your cardholder data environment (CDE). A CDE is simply a database that stores credit card information. Our experts can configure your new CDE in line with the latest “AWS 2016 PCI DSS 3.2 Responsibility Summary” — a set of regulations defined by AWS that are required to achieve PCI-DSS compliance on the platform.
PCI-DSS SAQ Assistance and Further Auditing
For SMEs, the PCI-DSS regulation requires you to fill out a self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) regarding your compliance practices. This SAQ will only be valid when accompanied by the included Attestation of Compliance (AOC), which confirms your eligibility to perform a PCI-DSS self-assessment. Larger enterprises are not eligible to use SAQ. Instead, they would need a Report on Compliance, completed by an external Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).
These terminologies and acronyms may be difficult to remember, but our experts can help you prepare for an SQA or a ROC. We follow the 12 requirements detailed on the AWS PCI DSS compliance page, guaranteeing the security of your network, systems, and cardholder data.
Improved Data Security and Easier Compliance Management
PCI-DSS is the industry standard for protecting sensitive cardholder data (CHD) and sensitive authentication data (SAD). By operating a data warehouse on the AWS platform you benefit from platform-native PCI-DSS compliance. AWS is certified as a PCI DSS 3.2 level 1 service provider, which is the maximum attainable standard.
PCI-DSS compliance with AWS data warehousing comes with numerous benefits, including:
Higher Security Standards
PCI-DSS acts as a security framework around which you should build your AWS cloud data warehouse. This offers guidance and support to ensure that you are operating in a compliant manner on AWS. PCI-DSS requires businesses to protect CHD assets behind a file transfer firewall and does not permit the use of default credentials. It also requires full end-to-end encryption (E2EE) and the application of best practices when configuring identity access management (IAM) roles.
These requirements contribute to improving the cybersecurity of your network and should be used as standard, regardless of PCI-DSS requirements. By following this framework, your network security will increase, improving your resilience against attackers.
Protect Your Reputation and Avoid Fines
We have all seen disastrous news stories regarding security breaches. As explored by The New York Times, the largest PCI-DSS data breach in recent history was with The Home Depot, which resulted in 56 million CHD assets being compromised. This included the primary account numbers, or PANs, of customers, an essential piece of cardholder data that must be protected under PCI-DSS. The Home Depot paid out a settlement of $19.5 million as a result of this credit card breach.
The implications for your reputation and finances are enormous if you suffer a data breach, making full PCI-DSS compliance a necessity rather than just a requirement. For small businesses, the financial repercussions would hit much harder than a Fortune 500 company. When including the negative impact on your reputation, a data breach could spell the end for SMEs.
PCI-DSS Compliant Data Migration on AWS with Trianz
Regulations like GDPR, CCPA, and PCI-DSS are presenting challenges for many enterprises. Now, they need to perform regular audits with third-party providers to maintain their position in the market. Without due attention, customers and business partners will be reluctant to work with you, driving down business growth.
Our team can help you resolve vulnerabilities in alignment with PCI-DSS before sensitive information is lost. Don’t let a credit or debit card data breach impact your business. Get in touch with Trianz and migrate to a PCI-DSS compliant database on AWS today.