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SSH User Keys and Access Control in PCI-DSS Compliance Environments

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This white paper analyses how emerging key management and access control technologies will likely impact PCI compliance mandates and presents SSH’s Universal SSH Key Manager as a solution that can be implemented today to both increase security controls and meet the coming, common sense changes to compliance mandates.

As the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) evolves to include requirements to manage secure shell user keys as carefully as passwords, the current tools many organizations use for secure shell user key management will become ineffective and create a compliance issue. This white paper analyses how emerging key management and access control technologies will likely impact PCI compliance mandates and presents SSH’s Universal SSH Key Manager as a solution that can be implemented today to both increase security controls and meet the coming, common sense changes to compliance mandates.

This white paper analyses the current PCI-DSS compliance mandates on key management and related access control measures and proposes issues that should be addressed in an effort to modernize the standard and enhance the security of organizations’ secure shell environments and overall access management infrastructures.

After reading this white paper, readers will learn:

  • Compliance risks related to unmanaged secure shell user keys
  • The current vs. modernized PCI-DSS requirements for key management and authentication
  • How Universal SSH Key Manager can provide enterprises the necessary tools to discover, monitor and automate the management of trust relationships for automated accounts, application ID’s and interactive users per the public and private keys.