Data warehousing is not a simple task, with data protection being of paramount importance. Public awareness of data protection regulations has been steadily growing, thanks in part to the GDPR, CCPA and especially, the payment card industry data security standard (PCI-DSS) as it relates to the storage of sensitive payment card information.

If a data breach were to occur, the repercussions for your business and your customers would be catastrophic. Your reputation would take a significant hit and 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. Members of the council include AMEX, MasterCard and VISA—leading players 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 data breach and protect your business and customers.

Benefits of PCI-DSS Compliance

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 firewall and does not permit the use of default credentials. It also requires full end-to-end encryption (E2EE) and proper configuration of 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 the 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. The Home Depot made a settlement of $19.5 million as a result of this breach—no small sum by any standards.

    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 smaller enterprises, 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 services on AWS with Trianz

Trianz is a leading database migration assessment and execution firm that has helped hundreds of our 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.

We offer a range of PCI-DSS compliant AWS data migration services, including:

  • Compliant Legacy to Cloud Data Migrations – If your business has outgrown your existing data warehouse, it may be time to move to the cloud. As AWS is already certified as a PCI DSS 3.2 level 1 service provider, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions on the platform will be fully PCI-DSS compliant, if properly configured. You can find more details on specific services that are PCI-DSS compliant on AWS 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 payment 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.

  • 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 properly. Larger enterprises are not eligible to use SAQ; instead they would need a Report On Compliance, completed by an external Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).

    We realize that is a lot of terminology and acronyms to absorb, 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.

PCI-DSS compliant data migration on AWS with Trianz

Regulations like GDPR, CCPA and PCI-DSS are throwing challenges for 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.

Don’t let a data breach impact your business—get in touch with Trianz and migrate to a PCI-DSS compliant database on AWS to get ahead of the game.

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