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Splunk Adds PCI Compliance Module to Analytics Tool

Splunk has added a reporting module for PCI compliance requirements to its real-time big data analysis tool.

The Splunk App for PCI Compliance 2.0 provides basic reporting and data analysis capabilities that is sufficient to meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements, Splunk said Tuesday. All organizations who handle credit card information must comply with the PCI DSS standard, which focuses on how sensitive personal information is protected and stored. Splunk's tool retailers and managed service providers.

Splunk App for PCI Compliance 2.0 For many organizations, collecting and retaining data for PCI audits can be a daunting task because so much of the data is stored in various formats, said Mark Seward, senior director of security and compliance marketing at Splunk. The latest software package offers businesses with an out-of-the-box experience of reporting the organization's state of compliance in real-time, Seward said.

"The Splunk App for PCI Compliance was developed to make PCI compliance as easy as possible for businesses," Mark Seward, senior director of security and compliance marketing at Splunk, said in a statement.

The new tool provides high-level scorecards and reports for each PCI requirement, along with simple visualizations, so that administrators can easily see how the organization is performing in terms of compliance. The issues are highlighted for immediate action. Administrators can also take advantage of operational, security, and incident review and workflow capabilities to ensure they are compliant.

The PCI component is designed to be used in conjunction with Splunk Enterprise, the company's big data analytics and statistical analysis platform. The combination of Splunk App for PCI Compliance and Splunk Enterprise results in a scalable investigation and forensics platform, the company said.

“The on-the-fly report creation of the Splunk App for PCI Compliance combined with real-time monitoring views support continuous compliance for PCI and reflect the vision of data-driven security,” said Scott Crawford, managing research director of security and risk, Enterprise Management Associates.

While many security and information event management (SIEM) products include PCI reporting capabilities, Splunk's software stands alone and doesn't distract administrators with regulations and reports they don't need, according to the company.

Splunk App for PCI Compliance is generally available as a free download with Splunk Enterprise.

Splunk will be showcasing Splunk App for PCI 2.0 at its .conf2012 worldwide users' conference in Las Vegas. Attendees can test drive 20 apps, including the PCI tool in the Splunkbase Labs area, the company said.

Fahmida Y. Rashid is a Senior Contributing Writer for SecurityWeek. She has experience writing and reviewing security, core Internet infrastructure, open source, networking, and storage. Before setting out her journalism shingle, she spent nine years as a help-desk technician, software and Web application developer, network administrator, and technology consultant.