What’s Changing with PCI DSS v4?

Transitioning to PCI DSS v4.0 is a critical step for organizations aiming to secure payment data against evolving threats. This chapter offers a roadmap for navigating the shift, focusing on key deadlines, strategic planning, and leveraging available resources for a smooth transition.

These are the 8 most notable new requirements when comparing PCI DSS v4 to v3.2.1 (all future-dated and effective from the 31st March 2025).

  1. Bi-annual review of all user accounts and related access privileges
  2. More stringent password requirements (length increasing from 7 to 12 characters, no hard-coding in files or scripts)
  3. Multi-factor authentication required for all access to Card Data Environment (CDE) vs administrative access to CDE previously
  4. Revamp of multi-factor authentication requirements for secure implementation
  5.  Daily log reviews by use of automated mechanisms vs the option of manual reviews previously
  6. Authenticated scanning for internal vulnerability scans
  7. Address covert malware communication channels by use of intrusion detection/prevention techniques
  8. Regular PCI DSS scope confirmation including card data discovery techniques

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Mobile POS Capabilities

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Integrated Online Ordering

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Contactless Payment Options

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Drive-Thru Management

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