Requirement 2

PCI DSS Requirement 2 | Default Vendor Passwords and Settings | PCI Compliance Security Templates

PCI Requirement 2, “Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters”, requires merchants and service providers to essentially provision, harden, secure and lock-down all system components within the cardholder data environment (CDE).  Simply stated, system components need to be configured for ultimately ensuring their safety and security, which essentially means having formalized and documented processes in place.  For an ounce of clarity, when the PCI DSS standards – which can be obtained by downloading a copy from – use words, phrases, and terms, such as “developed configuration standards”, “enable”, and “implement security features”, this requires following a checklist, adhering to a stated policy or procedure, documenting an action – etc. – in essence, these are actions that require PCI policies and procedures to be in place.  

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For example, a provision within the PCI DSS standards requires organizations to conduct the following: Verify that system components are configured and hardened with industry leading standards, such as SANS or NIST. The word “verify” essentially means to develop a policy, procedure or some type of document stating what configuration standards are used, for what system components along with any other necessary information.  Also keep in mind that many of the PCI security policies may not be stated in an absolute manner, so you will have to “read between the lines” at times for making sure your organization has all essential documentation in place.

PCI Compliance Security Templates & Policies for SAQ A – D, P2PE-HW, and Onsite Assessments is the industry leader in providing documented policies and procedures for PCI DSS compliance, and has developed policy and procedural forms, checklists, and templates applicable to each of the following PCI DSS requirements for merchants and service providers:

•    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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