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Securing your data superhighway: how Axway MFT ensures PCI DSS compliance with ease

Buckle up and hit the data superhighway with confidence, because Axway MFT is your co-pilot for achieving PCI DSS compliance. We will go over key areas of the compliance needs and give a quick overview on how Axway MFT can help secure data transmissions through the lens of PCI DSS standards.

Understanding PCI DSS compliance: goals and principal requirements

A word of advice! Embracing PCI DSS is not about avoiding trouble. It is a strong message that you are serious about protecting customer data, which builds trust and enhances your company’s reputation.

So, for CISOs and CIOs, PCI DSS compliance is not just another item on your to-do list. It is a strategic asset that bolsters your cybersecurity, nurtures customer trust, and ensures your transactions are as secure as Fort Knox.



In the fast-paced world of digital commerce, PCI DSS is not just good practice — it is required in most regulated industries.

Here is a quick summary of PCI DSS goals and principal requirements.


Table representing the following goals and associated requirements: Build and maintain a secure network and systems Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for systems passwords and other security parameters Protect cardholder data Protect stored cardholder data Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks Maintain a vulnerability management program Protect all systems against malware and regularly update antivirus software or programs Develop and maintain secure systems and applications Implement strong access control measures         Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know Identify and authenticate access to system components Restrict physical access to cardholder data Regularly monitor and test networks            Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data Regularly test security systems and processes Maintain an information security policy      Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel


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So, buckle up and let’s take a ride through the ins and outs of PCI DSS compliance needs.

1. Build and maintain a secure network & systems

Axway MFT advances your data security posture.

  • Architects a layered security architecture: deploy Axway MFT to strengthen your security posture, strategically positioning your sensitive data behind robust firewall protections and preventing it from remaining vulnerable in the potentially compromised DMZ.
  • Intelligent filtering mechanisms: use Axway MFT’s access control list capabilities to discern and direct traffic based on user identity or location parameters, providing CISOs and Integration teams with a proactive tool against disruptive cybersecurity threats, including DDoS attacks.


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2. Protect cardholder data

Axway MFT fortifies data security for integration teams thanks to:

  • Streamlined encryption configuration: Equip your team with intuitive controls for applying robust encryption to data both at rest and during transit, in alignment with the most stringent cryptographic protocols.
  • Centralized policy control: Empower CISOs with a unified platform to dictate and regulate data retention policies, facilitating efficient archival and secure deletion as per compliance requirements.
  • In-depth transfer lifecycle tracking: Gain valuable visibility for integration developers and CISOs alike into the data’s journey and user interactions, ensuring a transparent audit trail for security and compliance monitoring.


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3. Maintain a vulnerability management program

Axway MFT advances continuous security for integration teams.

  • Seamless security integration: Harness the power of native integration with advanced antivirus (AV) solutions and other security measures to mitigate risks from phishing and malware intrusions.
  • Knowledge sharing: Committed to fostering a security-centric culture, Axway MFT extends beyond just a service provider to share best practices and offer guidance. This is accomplished in our Managed Service through comprehensive vulnerability assessments and robust threat detection capabilities inherent in our Axway Managed Cloud (need to add link to the AMC Security posture detailing the VMP)


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4. Implement strong access control measures

Axway MFT provides granular access management for enhanced security, through mechanisms such as:

  • Refined delegation of administrator controls: Implement fine-grain access controls ensuring only authorized personnel handle sensitive operations.
  • Strong identity verification protocols: Implement and enforce advanced authentication and authorization mechanisms for System administrators, trading partners and applications, ensuring secure access.
  • Federated identity support: Seamless integration with a chosen external identity provider across a variety of protocols including LDAP, SAML2, Oauth2, and more.


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NOTE: Ciphers and security features are constantly changing. Please pay attention to the time-sensitive nature of this detail.

5. Regularly monitor and test networks

Axway MFT offers unified and rich monitoring solutions for data integration.

  • Complete data transfer oversight: Delivers full life cycle visibility from the first hop to transformations and eventual destination of data transfers.
  • Comprehensive user action auditing: Provides an exhaustive audit trail for all user activities to ensure accountability and traceability.
  • Proactive alert system: Implements advanced alerting and notifications within Axway’s monitoring for immediate triaging of events and potential security issues.
  • Integration with SIEM: Enables the forwarding of monitoring data to SIEM systems in your ecosystem to help detect and respond to threats at the Ecosystem level.


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6. Maintain an information security policy

This requirement intends to elevate the IT organizations to benchmark their Organizational maturity in handling critical cybersecurity requirements – including PCI DSS.

Understanding the multi-vendor landscape, good documentation practices, education of good cybersecurity hygiene are all feeding forward the maturity of the organization to operate at scale – continuous security.

We should see this is a shared responsibility typically handled by the organization handling the sensitive data and the ecosystem. Axway plays a supportive role in shaping and constructing the security framework, aiding customers in lessening the risk.

Multiple contributors work collaboratively to refine security policies and provide the necessary tools and knowledge for those utilizing the tech. stack.

Axway provides on-demand training material and rich documentation to assist in bringing the compliance to fruition.

Furthermore, there are lot of experiences and examples on how we achieve this within our Axway Managed Cloud and our continuous effort to raise the bar on how we align with our Cloud Security group and Axway MFT.


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Axway has a solid history of supporting clients in achieving PCI DSS compliance, providing expert guidance on best practices and a steadfast commitment to data integration security.

Axway MFT will help you cruise along the information highway with confidence. Let us show you how.

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Key Takeaways

  • Axway MFT is your co-pilot for PCI DSS compliance.
  • Ensure data security with Axway MFT's layered architecture and intelligent filtering mechanisms, bolstering your compliance efforts.
  • Streamline encryption, centralize policy control, and track transfer lifecycles to protect cardholder data effectively.
  • Seamlessly integrate security measures, share knowledge, implement strong access controls, and monitor networks for ongoing compliance maintenance.