Data security and privacy are today a prime focus for most organizations globally. While there have been several regulations and standards introduced to improve data security, the evolving landscape makes it challenging for organizations to stay compliant. For many organizations, GDPR and PCI DSS are the first topics that come to mind when privacy is concerned.

While GDPR is an international data privacy law for securing personal data, PCI DSS is a data security standard that is designed to secure personal cardholder data. Although both focus primarily on securing data, their scope and applicability greatly differ. However, there are enough overlaps in the requirements of both GDPR and PCI DSS that make the compliance process a lot easier.

In fact, if an organization is already meeting PCI DSS requirements, it can leverage many of those features to achieve GDPR compliance.

Similarities between PCI DSS & GDPR Requirements

PCI DSS and GDPR are designed to enhance the security measures for protecting data that is classified as sensitive and/or personal. While PCI DSS is focused on securing sensitive cardholder data, GDPR is focused more on protecting the privacy of personal data. The ultimate goal of both the PCI DSS standard and GDPR is to secure and ensure the privacy and confidentiality of data. So, since the fundamental security principles and goals are similar, the requirements for security under certain areas in both PCI DSS and GDPR are also similar.

Data Security Requirements

Both GDPR and PCI DSS require strong and effective security measures to be implemented for maximum data protection. In both cases, organizations are required to adopt techniques like encryption or tokenization to protect the data throughout its lifecycle. Such techniques are highly effective for securing sensitive data and preventing unauthorized access or tampering with information. Both the PCI DSS standard (Read more...)