PCI DSS scope definition and advisory services

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While PCI has been in existence for more than 20 years, organizations still struggle with defining, documenting, and maintaining PCI compliance scope. Even with the PCI Council’s clarifications, scoping is still the greatest obstacle to an efficient, effective assessment that lets you realize the full security benefits of your compliance investment.

Deficient, hurried scoping can lead to delays and cost overruns, blind spots in your environment and processes, and unidentified security risks. Even the PCI SSC has acknowledged that improper scoping has contributed to cardholder data theft.

Zero in on your PCI compliance target

Our PCI scope definition and advisory services can help you navigate through complex scoping scenarios and myriad scoping rules. Ultimately, we can help improve your compliance program by:

  • Providing repeatable processes and documentation to simplify future assessments.
  • Enabling a risk-driven approach to future assessments.
  • Educating you and the broader IT organization on the implications of technology decisions on compliance and security.
  • Improving security outcomes.

Leveraging our experience gained through thousands of PCI compliance assessments, we help you properly define and document PCI assets (cardholder data environment and connected-to), scope boundaries and segmentation impacts, service provider responsibilities, and physical locations, and then we assist you with developing a comprehensive data storage inventory. We start with high-level business processes and follow your data though application interfaces and server and database connections. We also analyze ingress and egress traffic dependencies to ensure you know where your critical data and PCI assets are located.

We assist with documenting the entire process, giving you the necessary scope definition results to ensure your PCI compliance assessment stays on track and is limited to only necessary applications, infrastructure, facilities, and people. Additionally, we provide you with a defined process that allows you to conduct your own scoping exercises in preparation for future PCI compliance efforts.

Why choose Coalfire for your PCI DSS scope definition and advisory?

As a pure-play, vendor-neutral cybersecurity advisory firm, we  serve as a trusted advisor to executives, legal counsel, compliance managers, and security practitioners across numerous industries.

Each project is led by a credentialed, industry-savvy senior director and supported by consultants armed with the methodologies, insights, and know-how accumulated through service to more than 1,800 clients annually.

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