What is PCI compliance?

The PCI DSS was established in 2006 by the major card schemes (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International). All businesses that process, store, or transmit payment card data are required to implement the standard. The goal of PCI compliance is simply to protect commerce. As you reach compliance with the standard you will be armed with a secure foundation to avoid a devastating attack from criminals that may result in costs associated with loss of business, forensic investigations, credit monitoring, and post breach audit and security updates.

To learn more about PCI compliance requirements and how you can protect your business against criminals visit SecurityMetrics PCI Learning Center

92%

Did you know?

92% of card data compromises take place
in small business with low processing volume.
Source: Trustwave

Data Security

All businesses that process, store, or transmit payment card data are required to implement PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) standards to prevent cardholder data theft. Your card-handling practices and processing environment determine which requirements of the PCI-DSS apply to your business. PCI Compliance rules are designed to ensure that credit card numbers are not kept on merchants’ computers in a form that is easy to steal. It can be expensive and complicated to achieve, especially for online merchants. The best way to achieve PCI compliance is simple: don’t store cardholder data, pass the card information to your gateway and let them store it.  You can achieve PCI compliance simply by filling out a self-assessment questionnaire.

Softek’s PCI Merchant Program

Softek’s program assists our merchants in recognizing and controlling IT-related risks and maintaining compliance with major industry and government standards. Our program includes audits, vulnerability and penetration tests, gap analysis, PCI certifications for level 1, 2, 3 and 4 merchants, among others.

At Softek, Inc., we have partnered with SecurityMetrics to ensure you have access to the best tools available to help you reach PCI DSS compliance.

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