On August 15, 2013, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards
Council (PCI SSC), an open global forum responsible for the
development, management, education, and awareness of the PCI
Security Standards, issued a preview of the anticipated changes to
the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and Payment
Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) to be released in
November 2013 (Version 3.0). This document is intended to prepare
stakeholders for aligning their security programs with the updated
Standards and to provide additional time for the merchants to
review and understand the changes prior to their implementation.
Stakeholders will also be able to participate in Community Meetings
in September and October 2013 in order to review and discuss these
The updated versions of PCI DSS and PA-DSS will:
Provide stronger focus on some of the greater risk areas in the
Provide increased clarity on PCI DSS and PA-DSS
Build greater understanding on the intent of the requirements
and how to apply them
Improve flexibility for all entities implementing, assessing,
and building to the Standards
Drive more consistency among assessors
Help manage evolving risks/threats
Align with changes in industry best practices
Clarify scoping and reporting
Eliminate redundant sub-requirements and consolidate
The issued document is at the stage for informational purposes
only and does not replace the current Standards. The planned
publication date of Version 3.0 of PCI DSS and PA-DSS is November
7, 2013, and they will become effective on January 1, 2014.
However, in order to ensure adequate time for organizations to
transition to the new Standards, Version 2.0 of the Standards will
remain active until December 31, 2014.
The full change highlights document can be accessed here.
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