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What are the benefits of a PCI automated platform?

What are the benefits of a PCI automated platform?

PCI compliance is a critical step in protecting your business from data breaches and security risks, and also avoiding complications and fees from financial institutions. While it is worth the effort, it takes an extensive amount of work (and money) to get your certification.


You don’t have to do it the hard way, though. PCI automated platforms allow you to streamline the process and make your PCI compliance smoother. Can your business benefit from PCI automated platforms? Let’s take a closer look at these innovative tools and the advantages of putting them to use for your business.

What are PCI automated platforms?

PCI automated platforms are tools designed to automate as many components of your PCI compliance as possible. While these platforms vary in their capabilities, Vanta, in particular, will scan your system and look for each of the requirements within the PCI standards or PCI DSS to see which requirements you meet and which you still need to complete. It also compiles documentation for your PCI audit and reporting and it monitors your compliance over time to keep you protected.

Benefits of using a PCI automated platform

Is it worth it to add a PCI automated platform to your toolbox? If your business needs to be PCI compliant, you stand to benefit from several key advantages.

1. Save time

Most businesses don’t have employees sitting around with time to spare - especially not engineers. The engineering time that is involved in just investigating your system to assess which compliance requirements it meets, let alone configuring the software and security measures to become fully compliant, can take away critical development time from your product or other aspects of the business.


PCI automated platforms, however, minimize your engineering time as well as the administrative time you spend coordinating your PCI compliance. They’ll do the initial assessment for you so your engineers have a clear list of protocols to implement in order to reach compliance. If you’ve already worked toward compliance with other security standards and protocols, you may be surprised how much overlap there is between them and your engineers may have little left to do for PCI compliance.

2. Save money

Time is money, as the saying goes, and that’s especially true when it comes to the expensive time of experienced and highly educated engineers. All that time you save in your PCI compliance process adds up to resources you can dedicate instead to other pursuits that can give you a strong return in revenue.


It’s not only your engineering time that will allow you to save money when you use a platform like Vanta, though. Because Vanta has a network of vetted and skilled auditors, you don’t need to spend added money finding and hiring external auditors. When you’ve scanned your system with Vanta and received a report with all the PCI requirements met, you can also rest assured that you’ll only need to complete your audit once rather than failing the first and paying for a second.

3. Make organization easier

PCI compliance is a multi-faceted process that requires a lot of coordination, documentation, and collaboration. If the documents and protocols you need are stored in different places or if you need a collection of passwords and tools to access them all, you’re headed for an avoidable headache.


With Vanta, on the other hand, everything is collected and stored in one place - your documentation, your system scans, your monitoring protocols, and so on. This makes it easier for your own team to stay on top of your PCI compliance, but it also allows for a quicker and smoother auditing process.

4. Simplify continuous monitoring

PCI compliance isn’t a one-time project. To remain compliant, you need to have monitoring systems in place. Updates to your system, your cloud configuration, your plug-ins, and more can open security holes that jeopardize your PCI compliance.


Manually assessing your compliance repeatedly is cumbersome and time-consuming. PCI automated platforms, however, can continuously monitor your system for compliance so you can simply let it run and resolve any new issues that arise.

Using PCI automated platforms to benefit your business

As necessary as PCI compliance is for protecting your business and protecting all of us as consumers, it can be a major expense for businesses of all sizes. PCI automated platforms are designed to take the burden off your shoulders and simplify your compliance from the start.


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A PCI compliance checklist


PCI compliance in 3 steps



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Access Review Stage Content / Functionality
Across all stages
  • Easily create and save a new access review at a point in time
  • View detailed audit evidence of historical access reviews
Setup access review procedures
  • Define a global access review procedure that stakeholders can follow, ensuring consistency and mitigation of human error in reviews
  • Set your access review frequency (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and working period/deadlines
Consolidate account access data from systems
  • Integrate systems using dozens of pre-built integrations, or “connectors”. System account and HRIS data is pulled into Vanta.
  • Upcoming integrations include Zoom and Intercom (account access), and Personio (HRIS)
  • Upload access files from non-integrated systems
  • View and select systems in-scope for the review
Review, approve, and deny user access
  • Select the appropriate systems reviewer and due date
  • Get automatic notifications and reminders to systems reviewer of deadlines
  • Automatic flagging of “risky” employee accounts that have been terminated or switched departments
  • Intuitive interface to see all accounts with access, account accept/deny buttons, and notes section
  • Track progress of individual systems access reviews and see accounts that need to be removed or have access modified
  • Bulk sort, filter, and alter accounts based on account roles and employee title
Assign remediation tasks to system owners
  • Built-in remediation workflow for reviewers to request access changes and for admin to view and manage requests
  • Optional task tracker integration to create tickets for any access changes and provide visibility to the status of tickets and remediation
Verify changes to access
  • Focused view of accounts flagged for access changes for easy tracking and management
  • Automated evidence of remediation completion displayed for integrated systems
  • Manual evidence of remediation can be uploaded for non-integrated systems
Report and re-evaluate results
  • Auditor can log into Vanta to see history of all completed access reviews
  • Internals can see status of reviews in progress and also historical review detail

PCI Compliance Selection Guide

Determine Your PCI Compliance Level

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.

Answer a few short questions and we’ll help identify your compliance level.

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Identify your PCI SAQ or ROC level

The PCI Security Standards Council has established the below criteria for Merchant and Service Provider validation. Use these descriptions to help determine the SAQ or ROC that best applies to your organization.

Good news! Vanta supports all of the following compliance levels:

SAQ A

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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SAQ A-EP

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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SAQ D
for service providers

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.

Use our PCI checklist

ROC
Level 1 for service providers

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).

Automate your ROC and AOC

Download this checklist for easy reference

Questions?

Learn more about how Vanta can help. You can also find information on PCI compliance levels at the PCI Security Standards Council website or by contacting your payment processing partner.

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