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.

If your business is not doing everything possible to protect your customer's card data your business could be liable and subject to damages and/or non-compliance penalties and fees.

At Allegiance Merchant Services, we take PCI compliance seriously and it is our goal to consult our customers on how to best protect your business. We have partnered with Trustwave to help support our customer’s PCI compliance needs. Trustwave is the leading provider of on-demand data security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and organizations throughout the world. Trustwave has helped thousands of organizations — ranging from Fortune 500 businesses and large financial institutions to small and medium-sized retailers— manage compliance and secure their network infrastructure, data communications and critical information assets.

Please contact us to learn more about how we can assist you
in protecting your business.

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