PCI DSS V 3.2.1 Released

3rd October, 2018

PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) published a minor version to the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which businesses around the world use to safeguard payment card data before, during and after the purchase is made.

PCI DSS version 3.2.1 replaces version 3.2 to account for effective dates and Secure Socket Layer (SSL)/early Transport Layer Security (TLS) migration deadlines that have passed.This update is designed to

eliminate any confusion around effective dates for:

  • PCI DSS requirements introduced in v3.2
  • The migration dates for SSL/early TLS

No new requirements added in PCI DSS v3.2.1.

PCI DSS v3.2 remains valid through 31 December 2018 and will be retired as of 1 January 2019.

The updates in PCI DSS v3.2.1 do not affect the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), which will remain at v3.2.

Key Updates in v3.2

Summary of changes

The minor changes in PCI DSS v3.2.1 reflect how existing requirements are affected once the effective dates and SSL/TLS migration deadlines have passed so that organizations can accurately report how their implementations meet these existing requirements after 30 June.

Removal of notes referring to an effective date of 1 February 2018 for applicable requirements, as this date has passed.

Updates to applicable requirements and Appendix A2 to reflect that only POS POI (point of sale point of interaction) terminals and their service provider

connection points may continue using SSL/early TLS as a security control after 30 June 2018.

Removal of multi-factor authentication (MFA) from the compensating control example in Appendix B, as MFA is now required for all non-console administrative access; addition of one-time

passwords as an alternative potential control for this scenario.

“It is critically important that organizations disable SSL/early TLS and upgrade to a secure alternative to safeguard their payment data.,"said PCI SSC Chief Technology Officer Troy Leach.