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Contractually require all third parties with access to cardholder data to adhere to payment card industry security requirements. At a minimum, the agreement should address:

  • Obtain contracts between the organization and any third parties that handle cardholder data (e.g., backup tape storage facilities, managed service providers such as Web hosting companies or security service providers, or those that receive data for fraud modeling purposes). Verify that the PCI Data Security Standard requirements relevant to the business relationship between the organization and the third party are included in the contract. Specifically verify the following information is included in the contract:

PCI-12.8.1: Contract provisions include acknowledgement by the third party of their responsibility for securing cardholder data.

Testing Procedures

Insert testing guidance here.

Testing Frequency

Describe testing frequency here.

Evidence Archive Location

Insert hyperlink or location of evidence archive.

Control Stewards Process Narrative

Provide control steward commentary indicating the formal methodology in place.

Control Steward – Jon Doe

Process Illustration

Replace this test by inserting a process diagram, flowchart or other visual representation to illustrate the process narrative as necessary. Include a brief description of the process illustration.

Control Status and Auditors Commentary

The control is effective.


Status is acceptable.

Control Exception Commentary

Status is acceptable.

Remediation Plan

Remediation is not required at this time.

--Mdpeters 09:39, 2 March 2007 (EST)