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What is PCI Penetration Testing?

PCI DSS Penetration Testing is a cybersecurity assessment that involves thoroughly testing an organization’s entire Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) and its related systems, adhering to specific PCI DSS requirements. HostShield’s PCI Penetration Testing services in India aim to identify potential methods that malicious users might employ to access resources that impact an organization’s CDE.

The PCI Penetration test assists organizations in securing their CDE and meeting the PCI compliance requirements, which are mandatory for any organization handling payment cards for processing payments. To ensure the security of applications, networks, and cardholder data, organizations are required to conduct periodic vulnerability assessments and penetration testing. Unlike general pen testing, PCI Pentest focuses specifically on the security of the cardholder data environment (CDE).

PCI ASV Services
ASV Scans are services designed to identify vulnerabilities in the publicly exposed systems linked to your Cardholder Data Environment (CDE). In a PCI DSS Penetration Testing engagement, Authorized Scanning Vendors conduct these PCI ASV scans. At HostShield, we assist you in performing ASV Scans regularly, ensuring you achieve passing results every quarter.

PCI Segmentation Testing
Our team of security experts conducts PCI Segmentation Testing (PCI DSS requirement 11.3.4 or to help organizations isolate the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) from other networks and minimize compliance scope. This testing is carried out at least annually or half-yearly for service providers.

PCI External Penetration Testing
PCI DSS requirement 11.3.1 mandates organizations to conduct external penetration tests at least once a year or after making significant changes to the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) or systems within the CDE.

PCI Internal Penetration Testing
PCI DSS requirement 11.3.2 stipulates the necessity of conducting internal penetration tests of the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) to fortify systems and networks against potential attacks targeting the payment infrastructure.

Quarterly Internal Vulnerability Scan
Internal vulnerability scans, as per PCI DSS requirement 11.2, aid organizations in identifying and addressing vulnerabilities. PCI DSS mandates that passing reports for these scans must be obtained each quarter.

Quarterly Wireless Network Analysis
PCI Requirement 11.1 requires wireless network identification every quarter. Wireless network analysis in a PCI Pentest helps organizations identify rogue wireless networks.

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Our PCI Penetration Testing Approach

Defining The Scope

Defining the comprehensive extent or range in PCI Pentest is crucial to maintain ongoing adherence to PCI DSS Requirements. The scope must encompass all systems and networks that retain, process, or transmit cardholder data or sensitive authentication data, as well as any technology that can impact their security


The assets within the scope are identified during the reconnaissance phase of the PCI Penetration Testing.


During this phase, we will conduct the necessary security tests and exploitations as specified in the PCI DSS Penetration Testing Guidelines.


We will generate penetration test reports that meet QSA’s standards, encompassing test methodologies, documentation of discoveries, and recommended remediation actions.


Pristine reports play a crucial role in achieving PCI Compliance success. Upon rectification, we can conduct a re-test to verify resolution and provide a clean report upon completion.

Benefits Of Working With HostShield

  • HostShield is a PCI QSA Company with a robust understanding of PCI Penetration Testing prerequisites.
  • HostShield adheres to the CREST Approved Penetration Testing methodology.
  • Our PCI Penetration Testing team boasts extensive expertise in executing penetration tests.
  • We have successfully concluded over 3000+ thorough penetration testing engagements.
  • Our team holds certifications including OSCP Certified, CREST Certified, and other relevant penetration testing credentials.
  • We offer comprehensive assistance to promptly address vulnerabilities and implement remedial measures, ensuring the issuance of pristine reports.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What prompts businesses to seek PCI Penetration Testing?

  • Uncover security vulnerabilities within the PCI environment.
  • Diminish the likelihood of breaches or unauthorized access.
  • Attain alignment with industry standards for compliance.
  • Furnish evidence of adherence to industry regulations.
  • Cultivate trust and confidence among customers and partners through a security-focused approach.

2. What is the recommended frequency for organizations to conduct PCI Penetration Testing?

For all merchants handling, transmitting, or overseeing payment data, an annual Penetration testing is mandatory. Additionally, merchants utilizing a third party to store, manage, or transmit payment card data should perform testing at least quarterly.

3. Why is Penetration Testing crucial within the realm of PCI DSS?

Penetration Testing stands as a pivotal practice in safeguarding payment systems. It facilitates the identification, prevention, and reduction of security vulnerabilities, while also shedding light on weaknesses and susceptibilities.

Furthermore, Penetration Testing assumes a pivotal role in the compliance journey by affirming that the implemented solutions are congruent with security benchmarks and protective prerequisites.