PCI DSS Requirement

27 Apr

PCI DSS Requirement

PCI DSS Requirement 11.3 addresses penetration testing, which is different than the external and internal vulnerability assessments required by PCI DSS Requirement 11.2. A vulnerability assessment simply identifies and reports noted vulnerabilities, whereas a penetration test attempts to exploit the vulnerabilities to determine whether unauthorized access or other malicious activity is possible. Penetration testing should include network and application layer testing as well as controls and processes around the networks and applications, and should occur from both outside the network trying to come in (external testing) and from inside the network.