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Putting security risks on simmer with Chef

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To remain PCI-compliant, I conduct quarterly security assessments of our infrastructure. This means external testing of our internet-facing PCI resources, using an approved scanning vendor (ASV), and what I call internal PCI full-population scans.

We do the external scanning every month, even though PCI requires only quarterly scanning. If there is a problem, I want to catch it sooner than two months or more after it first cropped up. And the frequency isn’t a problem, because conducting the scans is easy, even though I use three different ASVs.

Most ASVs make it easy to configure and run assessments, and there aren’t many options in the scan profile as defined by PCI. I simply use a web browser to log into each ASV site; enter the PCI resources’ URLs; set the schedule for date, time and frequency; and that’s about it. While several items, such as running weak versions of SSL, needed attention the first couple of times we did this, our environment now typically scans...(continued)

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