PCI DSS stands for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It’s got a lot of branches, but the main concept isn’t tricky to grasp. Basically, it’s a set of rules that protects you and your customers from fraud. Simple, right? Bear with us for a moment, and we’ll explain it a bit further.
PCI DSS isn’t optional – all businesses who accept card payments have to comply by getting a PCI certificate.
Sounds a little daunting, but all it does is prove that you care about looking after your customers’ information, and that you’re actively taking steps to do it. We’re talking all types of card payments by the way, so that includes online, by mail, over the phone, or using card machines.
The PCI standards have been carefully designed so that compliance with them seals up your company’s vulnerabilities to criminals and hackers. It was dreamed up by the minds at some of the world’s leading credit card companies: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and JCB International. In 2006, these finance giants joined forces to form the PCI Security Standards Council, which is the organisation that oversees and regulates the Standards today.
Here at 21 Digital, we’ve got some good news for you on that front. To be honest, a lot of the standard falls into the common sense category, and most businesses meet at least a couple by default almost as soon as they’ve started up.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what the standard involves:
Building A Secure Network And Protecting Cardholder Data
Testing And Monitoring Networks, Controlling Secure Access
The short answer is that it depends on your business. The Standards puts you into one of four categories, depending on the size of your company and how many card transactions you go through every year.
The easiest way to make sure you’re toeing the right line is to have a quick chat with your acquiring bank. (That’s whoever you use for your business bank account.) They’ll be able to point you in the right direction and tell you if there are any extra steps you need to take – if any!
At 21 Digital, we’ve got a bunch of friendly chaps here in the office who’d like nothing better than to help you make it on the web. Whether that means increasing your sales leads, giving your social-media marketing a bit of a boost or just increasing traffic to your website, we’ve got the know-how to get it done. Give us a call on 01254 660 500 – let’s talk!
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