PCI (Payment Card Industry Security Standard)_Req 8.6

PCI (Payment Card Industry Security Standard)

Identify and authenticate access to system components

Req 8.6

8.6 Where other authentication mechanisms are used (for example physical or logical security tokens smart cards certificates etc.) use of these mechanisms must be assigned as follows: – Authentication mechanisms must be assigned to an individual account and not shared among multiple accounts. – Physical and/or logical controls must be in place to ensure only the intended account can use that mechanism to gain access.

If user authentication mechanisms such as tokens smart cards and certificates can be used by multiple accounts it may be impossible to identify the individual using the authentication mechanism. Having physical and/or logical controls (for example a PIN biometric data or a password) to uniquely identify the user of the account will prevent unauthorized users from gaining access through use of a shared authentication mechanism.


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