Meeting the PCI DSS Vulnerability Scanning Requirement

Run automated PCI DSS vulnerability scans with Netsparker to automatically identify security vulnerabilities in your web applications, and fix them to protect cardholder data and ensure PCI DSS compliancy.

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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is an international data security standard. It is made up of a set of compliance regulations that explain what businesses must do to ensure cardholder data is secure in their web applications. They are codified in 12 requirements that businesses are legally obliged to adhere to in order to maintain PCI DSS compliant websites.

Even though adhering to PCI DSS requirements could prove a difficult task for many, it is not. Netsparker's web application security scanner conveniently enables you to automate most of the process without the need to do significant changes, and without depending much on a PCI Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) and Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).

By launching PCI DSS vulnerability scans with a security tool such as Netsparker, you can easily meet most of the PCI DSS requirements imposed by the security standards council.

Protecting Cardholder Data with PCI Validity Scans

Automated web vulnerability scanning is a PCI DSS requirement. Though you do not need third-party service providers or approved scanning vendors (ASV) to scan your web applications and system components. The Netsparker web application security scanner is very easy to use. With it you can scan your web applications, web services and web APIs to automatically identify:

  • Insecure transmission of data on your web applications
  • Security vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS)
  • Potentially sensitive data (such as cardholder data) and source code disclosure
  • Authentication and access issues on your web applications
  • Security flaws in your web server and other system components
  • Other security flaws that make your web application susceptible to malicious hack attacks

You can generate a PCI DSS compliance report once the vulnerability scanning is finished. The PCI DSS, HIPAA and other compliance reports include all the information you and your developers need to know about the identified vulnerabilities including a highlight of their impact and practical remedial information. These reports also allow you to see what you have to do to ensure the scanned web target is compliant with the PCI DSS regulations.

The Need to Automate PCI Compliance Scanning

Netsparker uses unique and pioneering Proof-Based Scanning™. It can automatically verify identified vulnerabilities in a safe and read-only way, providing proof that they are not false positives. Therefore, unlike other vulnerability scanning solutions, Netsparker does not report false positives. This means your team does not have to:

  • Spend days manually verifying the vulnerability scan results
  • Be experienced and technical in order to manually verify the findings

Our automation allows you to assign the PCI DSS requirement of vulnerability scanning to less qualified personnel. So you do not have interrupt developers or pay expensive third party security professionals and service providers.

Netsparker's web application security scanner has out of the box support for bug tracking systems and continuous integration systems such as Github, JIRA, Jenkins and TeamCity. By integrating automated vulnerability assessments in your environments:

  • Vulnerabilities are identified during the early stages of development
  • Web vulnerability scans can be triggered automatically on code commits
  • Identified issues can be automatically posted on your tracking systems
  • The solution automatically checks developers’ fixes

Ensure Your Web Applications Have a Strong Security Posture

PCI DSS, and other compliance regulations such as HIPAA, are good at helping businesses get started with web application security and protecting cardholder data, though they only cover the minimum required. A malicious hacker only needs to find and exploit one security flaw, while businesses need to find and fix all of them.

This is why it is important for businesses to develop their own data security standard and scan their web applications with Netsparker, enabling them to:

  • Scan any type of web application, web service and web API
  • Identify vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, XSS and others
  • Identify coding mistakes that lead to security flaws
  • Identify the most complex of vulnerabilities such as SSRF and second order vulnerabilities
  • Identify security misconfigurations in their web servers and system components that could lead to cardholder data breach
  • Generate any type of technical, executive and compliance reports for PCI DSS, HIPAA and OWASP Top 10

Be compliant with the payment card industry - scan your web applications with Netsparker. Netsparker is available as an on-premises, hosted and self hosted solution. Apply for a trial now and start scanning your web applications with the Netsparker web application security scanner.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
"We chose Netsparker because it is more tailored to web application security and has features that allow the university to augment its web application security needs."