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Defense Distributed Information Security Policy

This policy is intended to relay the importance of security and protecting cardholder data.


To establish Defense Distributed’s policy for the secure handling of sensitive card holder data including but not limited to magnetic strip data, Cardholder name, Primary Account Numbers (PAN’s), expiration date, and service code  

  • To establish the policies and procedures to manage the relationship(s) with Service Providers.

This policy applies to all employees and systems of [Merchant name]

Policies to Restrict Physical Access to Cardholder Data

The importance of protecting cardholder data is paramount. Allowing data theft or destruction, inadvertently sharing confidential information, infecting system networks with viruses, misuse of company resources, allowing the theft of company property, and allowing the compromise of private or confidential company or client information are all very real examples of what might result from a security compromise. 

1.0  All paper that contains cardholder data is to be identified and physically secured in a locked drawer.  No electronic cardholder data will ever be stored.

2.0  Strict control is to be maintained over the internal or external distribution of any kind of  media that contains cardholder data 

  • Media is classified and clearly marked as confidential
  • Media is sent by secured courier or other delivery method that can be accurately tracked

3.0  Management approval is to be obtained prior to moving any and all media containing cardholder data from a secured area. 

4.0  Strict control must be maintained over the storage and accessibility of media that contains cardholder data.  Only senior management, or their designators, will have access to media containing cardholder data.

5.0  Media containing cardholder data is to be destroyed when it is no longer needed for business or legal reasons.

  • Paper materials are to be shredded, incinerated, or pulped so that cardholder data cannot be reconstructed.
  • The general rule is that media containing cardholder date will be destroyed when over 180 days old.  Exceptions to the rule must be approved by senior management.

Policies that Address Information Security for Contractors and Service Providers

1.0  A list of Service Providers must be maintained.  This list will be updated and reviewed by senior management when necessary but at least every 180 days.

2.0  A written Agreement that includes an acknowledgement that the service providers are responsible for the security of cardholder data the service provider possess is required from each service provider.

3.0  Due diligence is to be performed prior to the engagement of Service Providers.  Procedures performed will include when possible:

  • A visit to the Service Providers physical offices to discuss security practices and procedure with their management and staff.
  • A written statement acknowledging their responsibilities to securely process, handle and transmit cardholder data.
  • Written proof that the Service Provider is PCI compliant.
  • Request reliable industry references.

4.0  A program is to be maintained to monitor Service Providers’ PCI DSS compliance status.  On an annual basis a request for a new compliance certificate will be requested.

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