New PCI DSS on AWS Compliance Guide provides essential information for implementing compliant applications

Our mission in AWS Security Assurance Services is to ease Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance for all Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers. We work closely with the AWS audit team to answer customer questions about understanding their compliance, finding and implementing solutions, and optimizing their controls and assessments. The most frequent and foundational questions have been compiled to create the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.2.1 on AWS Compliance Guide. The guide is an overview of concepts and principles for building PCI DSS compliant applications. Each section is thoroughly referenced to source AWS documentation to meet PCI DSS reporting requirements.

The guide helps customers who are developing payment applications, compliance teams that are preparing to manage assessments of cloud applications, internal assessment teams, and PCI Qualified Security Assessors (QSA) supporting customers who use AWS.

What’s in the guide?

The objective of the guide is to provide customers with the information they need to plan for and document the PCI DSS compliance of their AWS workloads.

The guide includes:

  1. What AWS PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider status means for customers
  2. Assessment scoping of AWS applications
  3. Required diagrams for assessments
  4. Requirement-by-requirement guidance

The guide is most useful for people who are developing solutions on AWS, but it also will help Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), internal security assessors (ISAs), and internal audit teams better understand the assessment of cloud applications. It provides examples of the diagrams required for assessments and includes links to AWS source documentation to support assessment evidence requirements.

Compliance at cloud scale

More customers than ever are running PCI DSS compliant workloads on AWS, with thousands of compliant applications. New security and governance tools available from AWS and the AWS Partner Network (APN) enable building business-as-usual compliance and automated security tasks so you can shift your focus to scaling and innovating your business.

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Tim Winston

Tim is a Senior Security Consultant for AWS Security Assurance Services. He focuses on assisting customers build-in and optimize PCI compliance.

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Ted Tanner

Ted is a Senior Security Consultant for AWS Security Assurance Services. He focuses on assisting customers build-in and optimize PCI compliance.