The PCI Data Security Standard consists of 12 requirements that have been laid down under 6 different categories.

Objectives PCI DSS Requirements
Build and Maintain a Secure Network and Systems 1.    Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data
2.    Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameter
Protect Cardholder Data 3.    Protect stored cardholder data
4.    Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program 5.    Protect all systems against malware and regularly update anti-virus software or programs
6.    Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
Implement Strong Access Control Measures 7.    Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know
8.    Identify and authenticate access to system components
9.    Restrict physical access to cardholder data
Regularly monitor and test networks 10.  Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
11.  Regularly test security systems and processes.
Maintain an Information Security Policy Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel 12.  Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel




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