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RE: [Full-disclosure] Compliance Is Wasted Money, Study Finds
From: "Thor (Hammer of God)" <Thor () hammerofgod com>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 18:31:58 +0000

Three things:  

1) I am one of those people, as many of us are.
2) I disagree - compliance with the standard, as put forth by the body developing the standard, certainly implies a 
real security benefit.  Does PCI=Security?  No, but it certainly helps.  There is a huge difference between "ensure" 
and "imply."  Using them together like that as if they are synonymous is a red herring.   Think about what you just 
said: "it doesn't imply real security."  THAT doesn't define ANYTHING actionable.  Nothing.   What the standard does IS 
to define at least measures to be taken that can increase security - it has specifics and action items.  It is 
tangible.  And, it is far more likely to provide a real benefit than not.  It *certainly* does more than having some 
policy say "You must imply real security."  If you are one of those people that care about security,  and if your 
takeaway from PCI is that "it doesn't imply real security" but you fail to tell us what does, then I would have to say 
you are not really providing any benefit.  
3) "Apparently not a cost of doing business" how?  What did I say that makes that statement apparent?   I fail to see 
how you can connect what the OP stated as "Compliance is Wasted Money" with "apparently having a secure network is not 
a cost of doing business."   They are two different things.   If you want to process credit cards in your business to 
make more money, and the credit card industry says, up front, "ok, you can play if you follow these rules," then that 
is a cost of doing business.  If you actually do enough business to justify PCI audits, and you as a security person 
implement a system that passes all PCI audit requirements as written, but still FAIL to have a system where no security 
is implied, then YOU have not done your job.  No amount a blaming PCI's inadequacies is going to make up for people not 
taking responsibility for doing their jobs.  Period.

t

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Mullins [mailto:steve.mullins.work () gmail com] 
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2010 10:40 AM
To: Thor (Hammer of God)
Cc: Christian Sciberras; security-basics () securityfocus com; full-disclosure
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Compliance Is Wasted Money, Study Finds

I don't see what the hubbub is

Some people in the information security industry actually care about securing systems and the information they contain 
rather than filling in check boxes.  Compliance may ensure a minimum standard is met, but it does not ensure or imply 
that real security is being maintained at an organization.

As you say, PCI has become a cost of doing business whereas having a secure network is apparently not a cost of doing 
business.  This is a problem.

Crazy notion, I know.

On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 1:18 PM, Thor (Hammer of God) <Thor () hammerofgod com> wrote:
How can you say it is "wasted"? It doesn't matter if you are a "fan" 
of it or not, in the same way that it doesn't matter if you are a 
"fan" of the 4% surcharge retail establishments pay to accept the credit card as payment.
Using your logic, you would way it is "wasted money," and might bring 
into question the "value" of the surcharge, etc.  It is simply a cost 
of doing business.



If you choose to offload processing to a payment gateway, then that 
will also incur a cost.  Depending on your volume, that cost may or 
may not be higher than you processing them yourself while complying to 
standards.  The implementation of actual security measures will be 
different.  But you can't "handle" credit cards in the classic sense 
of the word without complying with PCI.  If you pass along the 
transaction to a gateway, you are not handling it.  If you DO handle 
it, then you have to comply with PCI.  If you process less than 1 
million transactions a year, you can "self audit."  If you process more, you have to be audit by a PCI auditor.



None of this MEANS you are secure, it means you comply.  If you don't 
like PCI, then don't process credit cards, or come up with your own.  
I still don't really see what all the hubbub is about here.



t



From: Christian Sciberras [mailto:uuf6429 () gmail com]
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2010 9:29 AM
To: Thor (Hammer of God)
Cc: Christopher Gilbert; Mike Hale; full-disclosure; 
security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Compliance Is Wasted Money, Study Finds



it is simply part of the cost of doing business in that market.
A.k.a. wasted money. Truth be told, I'm no fan of PCI.
Other companies get the same functionality (accept the storage of 
credit
cards) without worrying about PCI/DSS (e.g. through Payment Gateways).
In the end, as a service, what do I want, an inventory of credit 
cards, or a stable payment system? The later I guess.
As to security, it totally depends on implementation; one can handle 
credit cards without the need of standards compliance.

My two cents.

Regards,
Christian Sciberras.


On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 6:07 PM, Thor (Hammer of God) 
<Thor () hammerofgod com>
wrote:

Another thing that I think people fail to keep in mind is that when it 
comes to PCI, it is part of a contractual agreement between the entity 
and card facility they are working with.   If a business wants to 
accept credit cards as a means of payment (based on volume) then part 
of their agreement is that they must undergo compliance to a standard 
implemented by the industry.  I don't know why people get all 
emotional about it and throw up their hands with all the "this is 
wasted money" positioning - it's not wasted at all; it is simply part of the cost of doing business in that market.



t



From: full-disclosure-bounces () lists grok org uk
[mailto:full-disclosure-bounces () lists grok org uk] On Behalf Of 
Christopher Gilbert
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2010 4:48 PM
To: Mike Hale
Cc: full-disclosure; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Compliance Is Wasted Money, Study Finds



The paper concludes that companies are underinvesting in--or 
improperly prioritizing--the protection of their secrets. Nowhere does 
it state that the money spent on compliance is money wasted.

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 5:44 PM, Mike Hale <eyeronic.design () gmail com>
wrote:

I find the findings completely flawed.  Am I missing something?



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