[PCI DSS 3.0] [PCI DSS 3.0] 11.3.4 If segmentation is used to isolate the CDE from other networks, perform penetration tests at

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11.3.4 If segmentation is used to isolate the CDE from other networks, perform penetration tests at least annually and after any changes to segmentation controls/methods to verify that the segmentation methods are operational and effective, and isolate all out-of-scope systems from in-scope systems.

11.3.4.a Examine segmentation controls and review penetration-testing methodology to verify that penetration- testing procedures are defined to test all segmentation methods to confirm they are operational and effective, and isolate all out-of-scope systems from in-scope systems.

11.3.4.b Examine the results from the most recent penetration test to verify that penetration testing to verify segmentation controls:
• Is performed at least annually and after any changes to segmentation controls/methods.
• Covers all segmentation controls/methods in use.
• Verifies that segmentation methods are operational and effective, and isolate all out-of-scope systems from in- scope systems.

Penetration testing is an important tool to confirm that any segmentation in place to isolate the CDE from other networks is effective. The penetration testing should focus on the segmentation controls, both from outside the entity’s network and from inside the network but outside of the CDE, to confirm that they are not able to get through the segmentation controls to access the CDE. For example, network testing and/or scanning for open ports, to verify no connectivity between in-scope and out-of-scope networks.
 
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