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RE: Business justification for pentesting
From: "Vic N" <vic778 () hotmail com>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 15:09:51 -0700

11.3 of the PCI 1.0 applies to tier 1 merchants (per a Visa-approved auditor). A comprehensive onsite review can include a pen-test component, and hence, meet the annual requirement, but the onsite assessment is not a pen-test perse. Additionally, a pen-test is required after any major changes to the environment.

Test procedures from this requirement (PCI 1.0 spec):

"Obtain results from the most recent penetration test to verify that penetration testing is performed at least annually and after any significant changes to the environment. Confirm that any noted vulnerabilities were corrected."

Vic




This is for a small visa processing site where a full audit is not
required.

This can not be used as a blanket statement. For larger PCI clients and
issuers, an onsite audit (which is extremely detailed if done correctly)
must be completed

Craig

-----Original Message-----
From: Vic N [mailto:vic778 () hotmail com]
Sent: 1 September 2005 9:04
To: sectraq () gmail com; pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Business justification for pentesting

For Visa / MC PCI 1.0 specification (requirement 11.3), an annual pen
test of network infrastructure and applications must take place once a
year w/remediation.

www.visa.com/cisp (see PCI data security standard)

>hi all,
>
>a few classic question that i would appriciate any answers for.
>1- i would like to briefly know how to quantify information assets. In
>other words, i hear a pentester say: if a hacker breaks in ur network,
>u will loose up to 40000$ for example. how can he come up with such
figures?
>
>2- are there any other means to justify pentesting for management
>except for $$$?
>
>3- are there any official statistics, figures etc. for justifying
>pentesting. ther more official it is the better.
>
>4- any other information you guys might find helpful in justifying a
>pentest would be appriciated.
>
>thnx in advance for ur help.
>
>T.N
>



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