How Vanta is helping identify Log4j vulnerabilities
You’ve probably heard by now about a recently discovered cybersecurity flaw that is being called “the most serious vulnerability in decades,” according to the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Apache Log4j is a Java library which runs across various platforms. The free, open source software creates a log to record activity used by developers to help track data or troubleshoot issues within their applications.
The free logging library is used by nearly a third of all web services in the world, including millions of websites and applications. Recently, a vulnerability was discovered that enables the attacker to run arbitrary code on an affected machine. These open source vulnerabilities are easy to exploit and hard to fix, making it a significant security threat for many organizations.
How is Vanta helping?
We at Vanta want to assure our customers that we’re taking every precaution to safeguard our users’ data.
Vanta was not affected by the Log4j zero day vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) that was identified earlier this month. We know this for certain due to the fact that the Vanta Agent does not contain any Java in the stack but, instead, was written in C++ and Go. Vanta’s servers are also not written in Java.
Additionally, if you are using a server scanner or the Vanta Server Agent, and have packages that were tagged with this vulnerability, Vanta will alert you on the Vulnerabilities page to remediate this issue.
Vanta’s product enables our customers to detect vulnerabilities in their software and systems, including those affecting Log4j. As an additional safety measure, we’re proactively reaching out directly to customers for whom our product has discovered these specific vulnerabilities and providing guidance on how to remediate them. We will continue to serve our customers who may be alerted of vulnerabilities and help them best determine a strategy for internal security improvements.
If you are a customer and have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Customer Success Manager or Vanta’s Support Team who will be able to assist you in identifying affected servers and provide more information on how Vanta is assisting with this critical vulnerability.
PCI Compliance Selection Guide
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If your organization processes, stores, or transmits cardholder data, you must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a global mandate created by major credit card companies. Compliance is mandatory for any business that accepts credit card payments.
When establishing strategies for implementing and maintaining PCI compliance, your organization needs to understand what constitutes a Merchant or Service Provider, and whether a Self Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) or Report on Compliance (ROC) is most applicable to your business.
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A SAQ A is required for Merchants that do not require the physical presence of a credit card (like an eCommerce, mail, or telephone purchase). This means that the Merchant’s business has fully outsourced all cardholder data processing to PCI DSS compliant third party Service Providers, with no electronic storage, processing, or transmission of any cardholder data on the Merchant’s system or premises.
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A SAQ A-EP is similar to a SAQ A, but is a requirement for Merchants that don't receive cardholder data, but control how cardholder data is redirected to a PCI DSS validated third-party payment processor.
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A SAQ D includes over 200 requirements and covers the entirety of PCI DSS compliance. If you are a Service Provider, a SAQ D is the only SAQ you’re eligible to complete.
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A Report on Compliance (ROC) is an annual assessment that determines your organization’s ability to protect cardholder data. If you’re a Merchant that processes over six million transactions annually or a Service Provider that processes more than 300,000 transactions annually, your organization is responsible for both a ROC and an Attestation of Compliance (AOC).
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