PCI DSS 3.0 Is Coming Soon!

By Matt Getzelman

Recently, I posted a blog entry about how the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) is planning on the newest version of the PCI Data Security Standard. This latest iteration of the PCI DSS will succeed the PCI DSS 2.0 standard and will be called, you guessed it, PCI DSS 3.0.

Predictably, the PCI SSC has been tight-lipped on divulging details regarding any expected changes. However, the Council has released the following information on the upcoming changes:

  • Changes are based on the PCI Community feedback that was received during this last revision cycle.
  • Improvements to the requirement testing procedures should be expected. This is intended to provide additional guidance on how a QSA should validate or test a requirement objective.
It’s important to note that organizations will be allowed to continue to validate on the PCI DSS 2.0 standard through the end of 2014.  After the release of PCI DSS 3.0, organizations can choose to validate with either standard in 2014; however, as of January 1, 2015, the 2.0 version will no longer be accepted.

But  it doesn’t hurt to start preparing now!  Reach out to your trusted security partner to find out how your organization can best prepare for the upcoming PCI changes.  We expect further communication from the PCI SSC regarding PCI DSS 3.0 at this year’s PCI Community Meeting in Las Vegas;this meeting occurs right before the planned version release, so it’s imperative to get in touch with your security partner soon. 

Questions?  Feel free to reach out to us at any time; we’d love to help you plan for the transition.  Coalfire has extensive experience in planning and preparing for PCI DSS version changes.  Let us do the heavy lifting!