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Make sure that you are and remain complaint with the PCI DSS Requirements.
PCI DSS compliance is an on-going activity for your business; it’s not a one-off exercise.
The payment transaction process has to be assessed each year

Train all your staff to be aware of the requirements.
Change your default passwords and settings – when you install / implement any new piece of hardware or software and then change all passwords once every three months.

NEVER use passwords that are in the list below:

  • [none]
  • [name of product / vendor]
  • 1234 or 4321
  • access
  • admin
  • anonymous
  • database
  • guest
  • manager
  • pass
  • password
  • root
  • sa
  • secret
  • sysadmin

Make sure that you insist on the use of strong passwords across your environment – use passwords that are longer than 7 characters, combining uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols such as # or @ and numbers.

Look out for suspicious activity – check any unauthorised access to your systems, failed lo- in attempts or out of hours activity. Limit the number of log-in attempts so that the system is locked down once the threshold has been reached. Remove user accounts that are no longer being used.

If you have any questions regarding PCI DSS, please contact your acquirer bank.

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