Security group to consider wireless, virtualization standards for payment-card industry

May 20, 2009

Regulatory changes are coming for the payment-card industry, say leaders of the PCI Security Standards Council, which is responsible for developing and implementing security standards for cardholder data protection.

The council, which has about 500 participants, just completed the annual process of electing its board of advisors. Cisco and Citrix Systems were among the victorious candidates this week, winning a combined 14 elected positions on the 21-member advisory board, which will be providing feedback on upcoming initiatives.

Among these initiatives are possible new requirements around the use of virtualization and wireless technologies, as well as more definitive answers on how to “scope,” or set the limits of, a PCI assessment.

Still unclear is whether the council will back the concept of end-to-end encryption as a way for the industry to help fight payment-card fraud, such as the breach that struck Heartland Payment Systems earlier this year.

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