Free PDF download: Reducing the Cardholder Data Environment 

When implementing the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), it is important to define the areas of your organisation to which the Standard will apply. Reducing the CDE can reduce the cost of implementation, but doing so can be a complex and challenging task. 

Scoping is the first step on the road to gaining or maintaining PCI DSS compliance. Effective scope reduction can reduce the time and cost of becoming compliant. 

This green paper will help organisations that are required to comply with the PCI DSS to reduce their CDE in order to minimise compliance costs and resources. 


  • The importance of determining the system components, people and processes to be included in the assessment, and why an external auditor will not do it for you; 
  • How to create an accurate data flow diagram to map the movement of cardholder data; 
  • What to include when mapping the IT infrastructure and external connections; and 
  • How to reduce the scope, including tips on data storage, segmentation and more. 

Download this green paper to find out how to save costs by reducing the CDE. 

PCI DSS: Reducing the cardholder data environment
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