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PCI Scan Monitoring Dashboard

by Megan Daudelin
June 13, 2016

The SecurityCenter Research team created the PCI Scan Monitoring dashboard. Organizations take a lot of time to ensure that vulnerability scans are set up and running. Analysts have the challenge of ensuring that scans are not only scanning the appropriate systems, but also that systems are re-scanned for remediated vulnerability checks. With this dashboard, analysts can ensure that vulnerability scans are providing value to the organization and that systems are re-scanned on a consistent basis. The dashboard is currently available within the Feed.

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) maintains, evolves, and promotes Payment Card Industry standards for the safety of cardholder data across the globe. The PCI SSC provides technical and operational requirements for organizations accepting or processing payment transactions, and for software developers and manufacturers of applications and devices used in those transactions.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) helps entities understand and implement standards for security policies, technologies, and ongoing processes that protect their payment systems from breaches and theft of cardholder data. The standards have historically been revised on a 2-3 year cycle, but the PCI SSC is transitioning to a posture of revising the PCI DSS as required based on changes to the current threat landscape. The current standard revision is PCI DSS Version 3.2 released in April 2016. Any organization that handles payment card information has to comply with the PCI DSS and must demonstrate compliance annually. SecurityCenter Continuous View (CV) is able to help organizations monitor ongoing PCI DSS compliance by integrating with Tenable Nessus, Tenable Passive Vulnerability Scanner (PVS), and Tenable Log Correlation Engine (LCE).

The PCI Scan Monitoring dashboard provides security teams with detailed insight into their organization and vulnerability management posture. Vulnerabilities are filtered by severity and exploitability to identify at-risk hosts. Detailed information about remediation opportunities and risk issues are presented. Indicator matrices alert to the detection of specific exploitable vulnerabilities and patch management details. Nessus scans are monitored for progress and errors, and vulnerability trend data is presented. By effectively monitoring the network for vulnerabilities and remediation options, security teams can better ensure network integrity and security. The components in this dashboard are focused on PCI requirement 11.2, which focuses on performing network vulnerability scans. The dashboard covers 11.2.1 and 11.2.3, which focus on specific vulnerability scanning requirements.

Organizations can configure repositories or asset lists in order to tailor the focus of the dashboard. When the dashboard is added from the SecurityCenter Feed, the appropriate assets, IP addresses, or repositories can be specified. Assigning one of the options to the dashboard will update all filters in the components. By creating static or combination asset lists that include all systems in the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE), each component can be filtered to display results directly related to ongoing PCI security. Using an asset list filter will also allow traffic into and out of the CDE to be monitored. In order to accurately measure an organization’s PCI security posture, asset lists need to be applied as filters to provide results focused on the CDE.

This dashboard is available in the SecurityCenter Feed, a comprehensive collection of dashboards, reports, Assurance Report Cards, and assets. The dashboard can be easily located in the SecurityCenter Feed under the category Compliance & Configuration Assessments. The dashboard requirements are:

  • SecurityCenter 5.3.1
  • Nessus 6.6.2

SecurityCenter Continuous View (CV) provides continuous network monitoring, vulnerability identification, risk reduction, and compliance monitoring. SecurityCenter is continuously updated with information about advanced threats and zero-day vulnerabilities, and new types of regulatory compliance configuration audits. Tenable Passive Vulnerability Scanner (PVS) performs deep packet inspection to enable discovery and assessment of operating systems, network devices, hypervisors, databases, tablets, phones, web servers, cloud applications, and critical infrastructure. Tenable Log Correlation Engine (LCE) performs deep log analysis and correlation to continuously discover and track systems, applications, cloud infrastructure, trust relationships, and vulnerabilities. By integrating with Nessus, PVS, and LCE, SecurityCenter CV’s continuous network monitoring is able to detect systems and vulnerabilities across the enterprise.

This dashboard contains the following components:

  • Tenable Admin - Nessus Scanning Status: This matrix component displays status information from Nessus scanners.
  • Track Mitigation Progress - Vulnerability Summary by Severity: SecurityCenter records when vulnerabilities are discovered, when patches are issued, and when vulnerabilities are mitigated. This component assists in tracking vulnerability mitigations.
  • PCI Scan Monitoring - Mitigated Vulnerabilities by Severity: This matrix component displays a concise overview of vulnerabilities and when the vulnerabilities were mitigated.
  • Vulnerability Summary - Exploitable Vulnerabilities: This matrix displays warning indicators for exploitable vulnerabilities actively and passively detected on the network.
  • Prioritize Hosts - Top Hosts with Compliance Concerns: This table displays the top hosts on the network that have either compliance failures or compliance checks that must be performed manually.
  • Understanding Risk - Remediation Opportunities: This table displays the top remediations for the network.
  • Vulnerability Summary - 3-Month Trend of Vulnerabilities: This component is a 3-month summary chart tracking unmitigated vulnerabilities of low, medium, high, and critical severity.
  • Vulnerability Top Ten - Top 10 Most Vulnerable Hosts: This component shows the top ten hosts with exploitable vulnerabilities of high or critical severity.