PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ) | Overview | A, B, C, C-VT, D, P2PE-HW | Policies and Procedures
The PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaires – specifically SAQ A, B, C, C-VT, D, and P2PE-HW – can be used by the vast majority of merchants (and service providers) regarding compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards provisions (PCI DSS). According to the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, “The PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) is a validation tool intended to assist merchants and service providers in self-evaluating their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).” – Source: pcisecuritystandards.org
Self-Assessment for PCI is Two-Part Process | Policies and Procedures are Necessary for Compliance
But also remember that compliance is a two (2) part process – completing the applicable SAQ, along with filling out the Attestation of Compliance (AoC). Look upon the SAQ as a list of steps to perform for ensuring compliance, such as having in place various PCI specific policies, procedures, and processes. As for the AoC, look upon this as the self-certifying form that validates you’ve actually performed an official “Self-Assessment”, for whichever one that may be – SAQ A, B, C, C-VT, D, and P2PE-HW.
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But “self-assessing” is often easier said than done, often requiring considerable work on the parts of merchants and service providers for truly ensuring they are PCI DSS compliant. The obvious requirements are not storing sensitive cardholder data (SAD), such as track 1 or track 2 data, card verification codes and values, PINs and PIN blocks, etc. It’s also important to note that there are numerous mandates for documented operational and information security policies and procedures to be in place for the various Self-Assessment Questionnaires. In recognizing this requirement and overall need by merchants and service providers to obtain quality documentation, pcipolicyportal.com has developed policies and procedures specific to each of the following SAQ questionnaires:
• SAQ A for Merchants
• SAQ B for Merchants
• SAQ C for Merchants
• SAQ C-VT for Merchants
• SAQ D for Merchants and Service Providers
• SAQ P2PE-HW for Merchants
• Onsite Assessments by PCI-QSA for Merchants and Service Providers
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