PCI DSS compliance software is a must-have for any organization that handles credit card data or other types of payment card data. Failure to comply can result in PCI DSS penalties and fines imposed daily, and a data breach resulting from non-compliance could cost millions in settlements, legal fees, and loss of reputation.
Yet, many IT security teams struggle to meet the many security technology requirements defined by PCI DSS 3.2. It can be difficult to know which security tools you need to achieve PCI DSS compliance. It doesn’t help that organizations are often racing to get ready for their next, fast-approaching PCI audit.
AlienVault® Unified Security Management™ (USM) delivers everything you need to get ready for your next PCI DSS audit in one affordable, easy-to-use solution. It combines the essential security technologies you need to demonstrate compliance, including asset discovery, vulnerability assessment, log management, file integrity monitoring, and others. It also provides predefined compliance reports out of the box and automatic threat intelligence updates, helping you to stay in compliance with continuous security monitoring.
Unlike other PCI compliance software, it can take as little as one day to fully deploy the AlienVault USM platform for compliance management. You can centralize monitoring of all your on-premises, AWS or Azure cloud, and cloud applications, helping you to achieve PCI DSS compliance faster and ensure continuous security and compliance monitoring of all your environments. The AlienVault USM platform is also certified as PCI DSS compliant, giving you the assurance you need in a security monitoring platform for cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments.
The AlienVault USM platform delivers multiple security essentials to help you to prepare for your next PCI audit faster and more easily.
The AlienVault USM platform delivers all of the following essential security capabilities in one unified solution for security and compliance management.
PCI DSS requires you to identify all systems that are in scope of your cardholder data environment (CDE). The AlienVault USM platform automatically discovers and inventories all your critical on-premises and cloud assets. You can define custom PCI asset groups that you can use to run vulnerability scans and reports.
A key PCI DSS Control Objective is to 'Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program,' and vulnerability scans are called out in several PCI DSS requirements. The AlienVault USM platform provides internal PCI compliance vulnerability scan capabilities, so you can readily detect vulnerabilities as part of your compliance and security program.
Another PCI requirement is to implement an intrusion detection system (IDS) to monitor traffic at the perimeter of your CDE and at critical points within the CDE. AlienVault takes a multi-layered approach to intrusion detection, providing out-of-the-box network intrusion detection (NIDS), host intrusion detection (HIDS), and cloud intrusion detection.
File Integrity Monitoring is called out as a best practice control across several PCI DSS requirements, and is deemed necessary to pass your audit. That’s because changes on critical servers often signal a breach, or a change that could open your system to compromise. The AlienVault USM platform includes file integrity monitoring software (FIM) as part of the unified solution.
SIEM event correlation in USM captures all user activities on critical systems, as well as collection and correlation of valid and invalid authentication attempts, so you always know who is trying to access your CDE.
Log management, monitoring, and retention are pillars of the AlienVault USM platform. It collects, parses, and analyzes log data from your PCI systems, alerting you to any threats facing your environment and helping you to demonstrate compliance of PCI Requirement 10.
The reporting features in the AlienVault USM platform make it simple and fast to get the visibility you need to demonstrate compliance to an auditor and to maintain continuous security monitoring afterwards. The platform delivers predefined PCI DSS reports out of the box that map directly to common PCI DSS requirements. You can easily customize any of the predefined compliance reports to tailor it to an auditor’s specific request.
The AlienVault USM platform helps you identify systems susceptible to known vulnerabilities, or that may not have antivirus software installed or operational. Its network, host, and cloud intrusion detection capabilities monitor for indicators of malware-based compromise. When malware is detected, the AlienVault USM platform enables the orchestration of manual or automated responses to isolate infected systems and block malicious domains.
Out of the box, the AlienVault USM platform provides vulnerability assessment that enables you to find and fix weak spots in your cloud and on-premises environments. Together, AlienVault USM’s asset discovery and vulnerability scanning tools simplify security visibility by unifying the data gathered in asset and vulnerability scans with known vulnerability information. Built-in file integrity monitoring alerts users to changes to critical files that may indicate a breach.
When an incident happens, make sure the correct response actions happen and that the right people get notified quickly and efficiently. The AlienVault USM platform provides the alerting and notifications you need to stay informed of your security posture 24 x 7 as well as all the relevant security data you need in one location to respond quickly and to mitigate the potential damage of a breach.
In addition, it delivers advanced security orchestration and automated incident response capabilities as a first line of defense. When an incident occurs, orchestration rules can be automatically triggered to take some action to gather additional data to help expedite your investigation and response activities.
The AlienVault USM platform helps you collect and protect your log records, as well as prove that you’ve done so.
PCI Requirements 10.1 - 10.4 deal with collecting audit logs, tracking access to cardholder systems and data (including failed logon attempts), monitoring actions taken by admins, and identifying any manipulation of audit logs.
The AlienVault USM platform collects log data from your applications, systems, devices, and cloud accounts. The data is parsed and immediately available to search on and run reports to evaluate what actions individual users are taking in your CDE. The AlienVault USM platform timestamps the data, which addresses section 10.4.
Requirement 10.5 requires that audit trails be secured so they cannot be altered.
The AlienVault USM platform supports a “write once, read many” (WORM) approach to prevent raw log data from being modified once they’re written to cold storage.
Requirement 10.6 mandates that you review logs and security events to identify anomalies or suspicious activity.
The AlienVault USM platform aggregates events from your applications, servers, and devices from across your on-premises and cloud environments. Customizable views, built-in and customizable PCI DSS reports, and advanced correlation capabilities simplify the ability to review data, and enable you to regularly monitor for and report out on threats and anomalies.
Requirement 10.7 mandates that you retain audit history for at least one year, with a minimum of three months immediately available for analysis.
The AlienVault USM platform stores data online for 90 days, so you can easily search and report on it per PCI compliance needs. It provides 12 months of cold storage with the ability to extend your long-term storage capacity.
PCI Sections AlienVault USM Addresses
How AlienVault USM Helps
1. Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2. Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system password and other security parameters.
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6
3. Protect stored cardholder data
4. Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
5. Protect all systems against malware and regularly update antivirus software or programs
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
6. Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
7. Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know
8. Identify and authenticate access to system components
8.1, 8.2, 8.5
9. Restrict pysical access to cardholder data
10. Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
11. Regularly test security systems and processes
11.1, 11.2, 11.4, 11.5, 11.6
12. Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel
12.1, 12.5, 12.8