From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline because nothing is more important than keeping your customer's payment card data secure. The size of your business will determine the specific compliance requirements that must be met.
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PCI Security Standards are technical and operational requirements set by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to protect cardholder data. The Council is responsible for managing the security standards, while compliance with the PCI Security Standards is enforced by the payment card brands. The standards apply to all organizations that store, process or transmit cardholder data – with guidance for software developers and manufactures of applications and devices used in those transactions.
The PCI DSS follows common-sense steps that mirror security best practices. There are three steps for adhering to the PCI DSS – which is not a single event, but a continuous, ongoing process. First, Assess – identify cardholder data, take and inventory of your IT assets and business processes for payment card processing, and analyze them for vulnerabilities that could expose cardholder data. Second, Remediate –fix vulnerabilities and do not store cardholder data unless you need it. Third, Report – compile and submit required remediation validation records (if applicable), and submit compliance reports to the acquiring band and card brands you do business with.
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