PCI Compliance

Compliance with PCI DSS is becoming more and more important for businesses of all sizes. Many financial institutions have PCI requirements in order to process and handle credit card information—and have instituted fines for non-compliance. Performing a PCI DSS assessment will ensure compliance with the PCI security standards, help to alleviate vulnerabilities and protect cardholder data.

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Compliance with PCI DSS is becoming more and more important for businesses of all sizes. Many financial institutions have PCI requirements in order to process and handle credit card information—and have instituted fines for non-compliance. Performing a PCI DSS assessment will ensure compliance with the PCI security standards, help to alleviate vulnerabilities and protect cardholder data.

In 2004, the major credit card companies created the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security framework to create one standard set of information security requirements. The new PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) represents a common set of industry tools and measurements to help ensure the safe handling of sensitive information (e.g., credit card and cardholder data).

The PCI standard impacts businesses that process or store credit cardholder data. Types of credit card processing systems include:

Compliance with the PCI DSS standard will prevent security breaches and mitigate theft of payment card data. Non-compliance could be disastrous for your business and possible negative consequences may include:

How blum can help:

Many businesses may be required to complete a PCI self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ). Blum can work with you to help your organization understand which SAQ to fill out, assist in completing the form and help your organization take the necessary steps to ensure compliance.

If you accept credit cards as a form of payment, store or process this type of information electronically, or keep it on paper records then a PCI DSS assessment is key.

Performing a PCI DSS assessment will ensure compliance with the standards, alleviate vulnerabilities and protect cardholder data.

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