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What is Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV)

ASV is an organization authorized by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to conduct external vulnerability scanning services for merchants and service providers to achieve PCI DSS compliance.

The PCI SSC intends to safeguard the collection of data following the PCI DSS ( Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).

A company must fulfill specific requirements and go through a demanding certification procedure to get PCI ASV. This entails proving their prowess in vulnerability scanning and passing a battery of tests to guarantee the precision and potency of their scanning techniques.

A corporation can do external vulnerability scans of merchants and service providers that handle payment card data after obtaining PCI ASV certification. These scans yield results that are used to find potential security flaws and offer suggestions for fixing them.