Monthly Archives: September 2009

Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS)

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) (or PCI DSS) is a set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing payment account data security, was developed by the founding payment brands of the PCI Security Standards Council, including American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. Inc. International, to help facilitate the broad adoption of consistent data security measures on a global basis.

The PCI DSS is a multifaceted security standard that includes requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures. This comprehensive standard is intended to help organizations proactively protect customer account data.

For example Section 6.5.A of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) Requirements and Security Assessment Procedures says :

Obtain and review software development processes for any web-based applications. Verify that processes require training in secure coding techniques for developers, and are based on guidance such as the OWASP guide (


PCI DSS Free Libre Open Source ecommerce related links


Commercial Toolkit

UK Electronic Payment Directory

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how to turn a tgz or zip into a code repo

If your favorite free libre open source project is only available as a tgz or zip (ie umlet) you can now easily turn it into a fully viewable & searchable code repository by using github or google code svn !
You can then use to analyse the code for you !


  1. sign up for a github or google code svn account
  2. CREATE a new repo (ie
  3. download tgz or zip
  4. untgz or unzip
  5. ADD files to repo
  6. COMMIT files to repo
  7. (if using github you may also need to 'remote add' and 'push')
  8. add enlistment to ohloh (ie git://

Sit back and enjoy the code analysis and stats !

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