[PCI DSS 3.0] [PCI DSS 3.0] 10.4.3 Time settings are received from industry-accepted time sources.

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10.4.3 Time settings are received from industry-accepted time sources.

10.4.3 Examine systems configurations to verify that the time server(s) accept time updates from specific, industry-accepted external sources (to prevent a malicious individual from changing the clock). Optionally, those updates can be encrypted with a symmetric key, and access control lists can be created that specify the IP addresses of client machines that will be provided with the time updates (to prevent unauthorized use of internal time servers).

Time synchronization technology is used to synchronize clocks on multiple systems. When clocks are not properly synchronized, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to compare log files from different systems and establish an exact sequence of event (crucial for forensic analysis in the event of a breach). For post-incident forensics teams, the accuracy and consistency of time across all systems and the time of each activity is critical in determining how the systems were compromised.
 
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