Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program (Requirements 5-6)

Requirement 5: Protect all systems against malware and regularly update anti-virus software or programs Requirement 6: Develop and maintain secure systems and applications

Requirement 5: Protect all systems against malware and regularly update anti-virus software or programs

Requirement 5: Protect all systems against malware and regularly update anti-virus software or programs Malicious software, commonly referred to as “malware”—including viruses, worms, and Trojans—enters the network during many business- approved activities including employee e-mail and use of the Internet, mobile computers, and storage devices, resulting in the exploitation of system vulnerabilities. Anti-virus software must be used on all systems commonly affected by malware to protect systems from current and evolving malicious software threats. Additional anti-malware solutions may be considered as a supplement to the anti-virus software; however, such additional solutions do not replace the need for anti-virus software to be in place.
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Requirement 6: Develop and maintain secure systems and applications

Requirement 6: Develop and maintain secure systems and applications Unscrupulous individuals use security vulnerabilities to gain privileged access to systems. Many of these vulnerabilities are fixed by vendor- provided security patches, which must be installed by the entities that manage the systems. All systems must have all appropriate software patches to protect against the exploitation and compromise of cardholder data by malicious individuals and malicious software. Note: Appropriate software patches are those patches that have been evaluated and tested sufficiently to determine that the patches do not conflict with existing security configurations. For in-house developed applications, numerous vulnerabilities can be avoided by using standard system development processes and secure coding techniques.
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