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DSS Glossary

Assessment - Evaluation of the worth, significance, or status of something, especially to give an expert judgment of its value or merit.

NIST SP 800-79-1

Assessment (as applied to a PCI)- Assessment in this context means a formal process of assessing the implementation and reliable use of PCI controls using various methods of assessment (e.g., interviews, document reviews, observations) that support the assertion that a PCI is reliably meeting the requirements of FIPS 201-1.