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Using Microsoft Active Directory to Address Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard Requirements in Heterogeneous Environments

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Executive Summary

The stiff penalties defined by PCI members are designed to ensure that all merchants and service providers work to maintain consumer trust of payment cards since that loss would impact the revenues of all merchants and financial institutions.

This white paper examines the compelling business and technical case for centralizing administration in Microsoft Active Directory, using the Centrify Suite to integrate UNIX and Linux systems into Active Directory in order to centralize server protection policies, user authentication and access controls as well as to provide accountability through direct auditing of user activities on these sensitive systems. Combined, Active Directory and Centrify Suite provide a comprehensive solution to address specific PCI DSS requirements.

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