PCI Standards Council updates PIN transaction security requirements

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Aims to simplify process.

The PCI Standards Council has published the latest version of its PIN Transaction Security (PTS) Point of Interaction (POI) security requirements.

With version 2.0 now out of date, the council claimed that version 3.0 is designed to streamline and simplify testing and implementation, by providing a single set of modular evaluation requirements for all Personal Identification Number (PIN) acceptance POI terminals.

It has moved to simplify the testing process and eliminate overlap of documentation by providing one modular security evaluation program for all terminals and a single reference listing of approved products. This removes the three separate sets of requirements for Point of Sale PIN Entry Devices (PED), Encrypting PIN Pads (EPP) and Unattended Payment Terminals (UPT).

In addition to strengthening and restructuring existing requirements, the latest version also introduces three new modules for evaluation requirements. The first, entitled Open Protocols, applies to Internet Protocol (IP) or to wireless enabled devices. The Secure Reading and Exchange of Data (SRED) module facilitates testing of the secure reading and encryption of cardholder data at the point of entry, and the third module Integration, is designed to address the integration of components in an unattended POS PIN acceptance device.

Bob Russo, general manager of the council, said: “By combining all of the requirements into one program, we have simplified one-stop shopping when it comes to secure devices. This new approach and additional modules make it easier for manufacturers and merchants to make sure that at any point in a transaction, account data is being protected.”

Speaking to Dark Reading, Russo claimed that the introduction was particularly timely as point-of-sale [devices] are the hot spot these days.

He said: “There are breaches out there all the time, such as people boldly walking into stores and adding skimming devices to card readers in the checkout without being noticed. The goal is to simplify the security requirements process for payment equipment vendors and to provide merchants a simpler way to see a listing of PCI-compliant devices.”

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