February 21, 2021
Develop and Maintain Secure Systems and Applications
The sixth requirement under PCI DSS is to develop and maintain secure systems and applications. Hackers often gain access to networks through security vulnerabilities. Often security vulnerabilities in programs and software are addressed by the vendor, and they provide security patches to correct these inconsistencies. Continuous updates and regular maintenance of systems and applications can stop hackers in their tracks. By applying the latest patches and updates immediately, an organization maintains the security of its system by fixing flaws within software programs. This prevents employees, hackers, and viruses from exploiting program and software flaws. Appropriate patches must be tested and evaluated to determine if they sufficiently fix security vulnerabilities.
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