On October 28, 2010, the PCI Security Standards Council unveiled version 2.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). PCI DSS has not had an update since version 1.2 in October 2008. The recent “Summary of Changes” document released by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) covers the proposed changes in version 2.0, and as experts expected, few alterations were made between the summary and the final release.
However, one important area to note in the new version is in the PCI DSS Intro and Various Requirements section. In this section, the focus is on virtualization, and though minor, it expands the definition of system components to include virtual components. This addition should alert enterprises to begin assessing their security policies to virtual servers and desktops in their IT environment.