The Experian Independent Third Party Assessment (EI3PA) is very similar to that of PCI DSS compliance, but with some subtle differences, such as EI3PA being geared towards the protection of Experian provided data, not cardholder data, and that EI3PA approval rests with Experian, unlike PCI DSS, where entities such as VISA - and their highly coveted Global Service Provider List - are key participants.
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And just like the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions, EI3PA has defined level also. Simply replace the requirements of "cardholder data" with that of "Experian provided data", and generally speaking those are the EI3PA requirements. And as for becoming EI3PA certified, Experian's "Information Security department" will notify resellers that they're being required to undertake this specific assessment. What's interesting is that Experian does not make available to the general public, but all you have to do is look at the actual PCI DSS requirements, which are available at pcisecuritystandards.org.
Additionally, they are listed below:
Build and Maintain a Secure Network
- Requirement 1: Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data
- Requirement 2: Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters
Protect Cardholder Data
- Requirement 3: Protect stored cardholder data
- Requirement 4: Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
- Requirement 5: Use and regularly update anti-virus software
- Requirement 6: Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
Implement Strong Access Control Measures
- Requirement 7: Restrict access to cardholder data by business need-to-know
- Requirement 8: Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access
- Requirement 9: Restrict physical access to cardholder data
Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
- Requirement 10: Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
- Requirement 11: Regularly test security systems and processes
Maintain an Information Security Policy
- Requirement 12: Maintain a policy that addresses information security
Policies and Procedures are Required for EI3PA Compliance
A critical component for complying with EI3PA is having documented policies and procedures in place. In fact, much like PCI DSS compliance, the EI3PA requirements also call for dozens of policy documents, for which you can obtain by downloding the Global Information Security Compliance Packet (GISCP) today from Flat Iron Technologies, LLC.