Creating a PCI Compliant Cassandra Cluster

Overview

The PCI compliance standards relate to the security of user data and transactional information. Customers who require their application to be PCI compliant, or would like to take advantage of its additional security features, can choose to create a PCI compliant Cassandra Cluster. You can read more about PCI and our support for it here.

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Enable PCI Compliant account security settings

Before Creating an PCI cluster, we need to enable PCI compliance on the account. Navigate to Account Settings under the Settings Cog in the top right of Console. Then select the Security tab.

Select the checkbox under PCI Compliance to make your account PCI compliant. This allows you to access the requirements for using PCI with a cluster.

Note that PCI compliance relies on multi-user access, so we require having 2 account owners in case of loss of access for one person. This satisfies the first section of the PCI requirements.

Creating a cluster

You can continue with the Console Interface to provision a PCI compliant cluster or alternatively you can use the Instaclustr Provisioning API.

Navigate to the Create Cluster wizard and create a cluster according to your requirements but be sure to enable the PCI Compliance Mode checkbox under Enterprise features. You can refer to our support article on Creating a Cassandra Cluster and Creating a Kafka Cluster for more information. 

Screenshot showing PCI Cluster

Currently, PCI compliance mode is only available for Apache Cassandra, Apache Kafka, or Open Distro for Elasticsearch as the base application and Amazon Web Services as the infrastructure provider. 

Transitioning an existing cluster

If you are looking to transition an existing cluster to a PCI compliant cluster, or have additional questions around our PCI compliant clusters, please contact our support team at [email protected].

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