Compliance might be a boring topic to some, but I assure you that it is a very important topic when developing software. At Amadeus Consulting, we understand the importance of ensuring that applications meet compliance standards, especially when it comes to data security. Whether we’re developing or reviewing a medical application for HIPPA or an e-commerce application for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), our developers are well-versed in the goals of these standards and their role in ensuring the protection of sensitive user and organizational data.
Standards compliance is not a one-time action, but a set of on-going business and software practices that safeguard data in an evolving security environment.
What is PCI DSS?
PCI DSS was developed by the major credit card companies as a guideline to help organizations that process, store or transmit card payments, while at the same time helping merchants communicate to their valued customers that safeguarding their credit card and personal information is a top priority.
“The PCI Security Standards Council charter provides a forum for collaboration across the payment space to develop security standards and guidance for the protection of payment card data wherever it may be stored, processed, or transmitted—regardless of the form factor or channel used for payment. All this applies only when a merchant, service provider, or other entity accepts payment card data from their customers. In other words, when individuals load their own primary account numbers (PAN) into their own devices, the individuals are not required to validate their own devices to PCI standards. Other standards bodies evaluate consumer protection for those scenarios. Conversely, when the same mobile device is transformed into a point of sale (POS) for a merchant to accept account data, there is the responsibility to protect that information. Thus, PCI standards begin to apply when a mobile device is used for payment card acceptance.”
Code Review for Compliance with PCI DSS
How do you know if your application is compliant with the PCI DSS? Well one way to ensure you are being compliant is to undergo a software code review. The intention of a code review is to determine the level of compliance with industry standards and general health of your application serves as the starting point to develop a plan to correct any issues that may be revealed. A code review should be done by a custom application development companywith experience in software architecture. The developer should be able to examine code and database architecture with an emphasis on potential security vulnerabilities, performance bottlenecks and maintainability.
As part of an audit for PCI DSS compliance, our innovation architects and developers focus their attention on and assess your integrated mobile application’s potential vulnerabilities based on the following goals:
- Build and maintain a secure network
- Protect cardholder data
- Maintain a vulnerability management program
- Implement strong access control measures
- Regularly monitor and test networks
- Maintain an information security policy
A good custom application development company should be able to review this kind of information and assess its compliance whether it is a mobile app, web, or database application. They should also be able to give valuable recommendations not only pertaining to compliance and security, but also be able to give you recommendations on maintainability and scalability issues.