Coming to Terms with PCI DSS

If your organization accepts credit or debit cards in exchange for goods or services, you’re already familiar with PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). This global, multifaceted security standard includes requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design, and other critical protective measures. Anyone who accepts a credit card as payment is referred to as a “merchant” in PCI parlance, and is subject to all PCI rules ― or risk having banks revoke their ability to accept credit card payments.

Compliance with PCI is an assumption that customers make about your organization every time they choose to use a credit card on your website, over the phone, or in your shop, restaurant, or hotel. This trust relationship between consumer and merchant is one that a savvy business would never want to jeopardize. Yet data breaches continue to make headlines because networks are often misconfigured, built with disparate security technologies that don’t share information, or are unable to react quickly to new threats.

How Can You Defend Against Advanced Malware?

The ever-evolving nature of malware necessitates a new approach to prevention. Advanced malware detection solutions that can identify new malware as early as possible, like WebBlocker and APT Blocker from WatchGuard, are essential to defending your organizations against these threats. Using a technique called sandboxing, these solutions emulate a host computer to proactively catch new malware variants, without having to rely on a pre-known pattern or signature. They do so by creating a virtual environment in which unknown and untrusted code can be run, and analyzing behavior to detect possible threats. There is not one security technology on the market that will stop all types of malware, that’s why we offer a layered approach to security where multiple technologies are working intelligently together, and package them with suite management and visibility tools to streamline administration and gain actionable insight into your network security.

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Close the Configuration Gap

All WatchGuard solutions come with built-in RapidDeploy, a cloud-based configuration feature that allows WatchGuard firewalls and UTM solutions to securely configure themselves. IT staff can create and store the correct configuration data in the cloud ― public or private ― and have the appliance directly shipped to its destination. Once the device arrives, it effectively deploys itself by automatically connecting to the cloud for a secure download of its configuration settings. This ensures you have consistent policies in place throughout the network, as well as saving valuable staff time and money.

Secure Your Wi-Fi Environments

Wi-Fi is considered a standard business amenity at brick-and-mortar establishments now and customers expect you to provide it. But Wi-Fi opens a business to significant security risks that could lead to compromised data, damaged brand reputation, and PCI penalties. WatchGuard’s cloud-managed access points have built-in Wireless Intrusion Prevention Service (WIPS) to help ensure your customers’ data is safe. Using patented Marker Packet technology, WatchGuard WIPS defends your Wi-Fi environments ― both within your walls and in your outdoor areas ― from unauthorized devices, man-in-the-middle and denial-of-service attacks, rogue APs and more.

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Stay Ahead of Evolving Threats

IWatchGuard offers the most comprehensive portfolio of network security services on the market, from traditional intrusion prevention, gateway antivirus, app control, spam blocking, and web filtering to more advanced services for protection against ransomware, newly minted strains of malware, and the loss of sensitive data. What’s more, the technology behind our fully integrated solutions was created in a way that allows innovative security services to be added quickly in response to new threat vectors. WatchGuard’s Total Security Suite combines all our powerful layers of UTM defenses in one convenient package for maximum protection and simplified management.

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Streamline the Compliance Process

WatchGuard Dimension, a cloud-ready network security visibility solution, comes standard with WatchGuard’s flagship firewall platform. It provides big-data visibility and reporting tools that identify and distill key network security threats, issues, and trends, accelerating the ability to set meaningful security policies across the network. Reports (including built-in PCI templates) can be accessed at any time or scheduled to be auto-delivered, and they document both preventative and corrective actions ― exactly what you need for the frequent audits required to retain PCI DSS compliance.

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Meeting PCI DSS Merchant Requirements with WatchGuard

Respected PCI-Qualified Security Assessor Coalfire recently completed a technical assessment of the WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response (TDR) solution, validating it for PCI DSS anti-malware use cases.

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