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If your business accepts or processes payment cards, it must comply with the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards). All businesses and merchants that store, process and or transmit card holder information are now required to be PCI compliant.

PCI DSS is a set of requirements for enhancing data security. This originally began as individual programs from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB. To facilitate the broad adoption of consistent data security measures Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB aligned their individual policies to release the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards . . .

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All small to medium sized business can complete the Questionnaire unless they process more than a million cards a year.

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, comprised of American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa Inc. have recently updated their global policies to protect cardholder data. As a result of increased credit card fraud, the Security Standards Council has modernized the standards in an effort to obstruct and prevent further theft of personal information. The new PCI requirements are strictly enforced by the payment card brands to all merchants who transmit, store, or process credit card information.

The individual payment brands, (Visa, American Express, Discover, JCB, and MasterCard), all have their own consequences for non-compliance. See question 8 for more details. Taking the time to become compliant and remaining vigilant about securing cardholder information from theft will not only protect your company in case of a security breech, but will also build the trust in your customers. Click here to start the process of meeting the PCI requirements!

PCI DSS requires that the personal account number, (PAN), be masked whenever possible. Occasionally, there may be a valid business need to view the PAN. In these circumstances, security software needs to be installed so the PAN is not continually displayed on the screen.

A merchant is someone who accepts credit cards as a form of payment. A merchant stores, processes, or dispatches cardholder data.

Compliance with PCI DSS is enforced by the individual payment brands, (Visa, American Express, Discover, JCB, and MasterCard), and each have their own compliance programs for enforcement.

Unfortunately, no. Each administrator must have his or her own unique user ID and the corresponding password. This PCI requirement helps businesses track any possible misuse back to the individual promptly.

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