What is PCI Compliance?
What is PCI DSS Compliance?
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to ensure that ALL companies that accept, process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.
Why Do I Need to Maintain PCI Compliance?
Keep your systems secure, and customers can trust you with their sensitive payment card information. When you stay compliant, you are part of the solution – a united, global response to fighting payment card data compromise.
Upgrading your POS system is a great opportunity to upgrade to EMV technology, if you haven’t already done so. The U.S. began transitioning to EMV payments in October 2015 with the goal of eliminating card fraud and protecting card holder data.
At the same time, liability for fraudulent charges shifted from issuing banks to merchants like yourself if you didn’t have EMV compliant technology. Upgrading to EMV protects your customer’s accounts from fraud and your business from chargebacks.
Maintaining PCI-DSS Compliance Steps
How Do I Secure Credit Card Data?
What Measures Should I Take to Secure Credit Card Data?
The most up-to-date POS software and EMV Payment Terminal hardware will give you the highest level of security and the greatest protection for your IT spend. Review and implement below security solutions as well.
Confirm that you are using up to date Windows Operating Systems on your POS terminal. If not, upgrade or replace your terminal hardware.
Confirm that you are using up to date POS and credit card software with the latest service packs installed. If not, upgrade your software to most the recent version. Contact us for support.
Implement EMV compatible credit card payment terminals.
Install an up-to-date business class firewall configured to protect your network and credit card data from external breach.
Install and maintain up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software configured for your POS system. It is important to note that expired antivirus and anti-malware software have no use protecting your card holders data.
Implement daily data backup solution to prevent your POS data loss from hardware failures and data breaches.
Take steps regularly to perform network health check as outlined below to ensure your system is secured.
Participate in self-assessment PCI-DSS program as required by your merchant service provider or bank. Consult your processor for additional information.
To learn more, visit www.pcisecuritystandards.org
Maintain PCI DSS Compliance and Mitigate Risk
In October 2015, the credit card industry shifted liability form credit card issuing banks to the merchants. Merchants are responsible to protect customer credit card data. A breach can cost you your reputation and tens of thousands of dollars, if compromised.
Read the above requirements to secure your customers credit card data.
If your business does not have IT resources to implement and maintain data security and backup solutions we can help. We offer small business packages at an affordable price. Contact your account manager for a quote.