Understanding PCI Compensating Controls

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Executive Summary

Meeting the requirements of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) can be a challenge for any organization. It becomes even more challenging when the organization is unable to meet any of the requirements. There is a common misconception that organizations must meet the requirements as they are written - with no exceptions. However, if an organization is unable to comply with the requirements as they are written, the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) has provided a way to meet these requirements - through the documentation of compensating controls.

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