lab #3 case study on pci dss noncompliance: cardsystems solutions

Lab #3 – Assessment Worksheet

Case Study on PCI DSS Noncompliance: CardSystems Solutions

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In this lab, you reviewed a real-world case study that involved a PCI DSS noncompliance 

scenario, and you recommended mitigation remedies to prevent the loss of private data for 

similar organizations. 

Lab Assessment Questions & Answers 

1.  Did CardSystems Solutions break any federal or state laws? 

2.  In June 2004, an external auditor certified CardSystems Solutions as Payment Card Industry Data 

Security Standard-(PCI DSS-) compliant. What is your assessment of the auditor’s findings?

3.  Can CardSystems Solutions sue the auditor for not performing his or her tasks and deliverables 

with accuracy? Do you recommend that CardSystems Solutions pursue this avenue?

4.  Who do you think is negligent in this case study and why?

5.  Do the actions of CardSystems Solutions warrant an “unfair trade practice” designation as stated 

by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)?

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6.  What security policies do you recommend to help with monitoring, enforcing, and ensuring PCI 

DSS compliance?

7.  What security controls and security countermeasures do you recommend for CardSystems 

Solutions to be in compliance with PCI DSS requirements?

8.  What was the end result of the attack and security breach to CardSystems Solutions and its 


9.  What are the possible consequences associated with the data loss?

10. Who do you think is ultimately responsible for CardSystems Solutions’ lack of PCI DSS 


11. What should CardSystems Solutions have done to mitigate possible SQL injections and data 

breaches on its credit card transaction-processing engine?

12. True or false: Although CardSystems Solutions had proper security controls and security 

countermeasures, it was not 100 percent PCI DSS-compliant because the company failed to 

properly implement ongoing monitoring and testing on its development and production systems.

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