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Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance is designed to protect businesses and their customers against payment card theft and fraud. If your business accepts, stores, or transmits card data, PCI DSS compliance validation is required by card brands such as Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Why Secure?

You may be liable for non-compliance fines if you do not work towards compliance with your acquirer and ultimately your acquirer may be forced to terminate your relationship, which will prevent you from accepting payments by card.Your customer’s data may be at risk of compromise and subject to fraudulent use. Fraudsters target the weak links in the payment chain to steal payment data (card numbers and card security codes) and customer’s personal information (names, addresses, phone numbers, email, date of birth etc.) for the purpose of committing fraud. If the environment is identified as a Common Point of Purchase (CPP) for fraud. (If you are suspected to have suffered a data compromise), you will be required to engage with a PCI Forensic Investigator (PFI) to establish the source of the breach to ensure any compliance gaps are closed.The cost of a forensic investigation can run into thousands of pounds You will be liable for these costs if evidence of a compromise is established .

There are considerable Card Scheme fines associated with non-compliance following a data compromise; these can range from ten to hundreds of thousands of pounds. Many non-compliant merchants have ceased trading because the fines could not be accommodated. The fines are passed from the Card Scheme to the acquirer and then onto the merchant. Reputational damage is also a consideration if you are compromised and lose card data. Because it may lead to loss of customer confidence which could seriously impact their willingness to continue to do business with you.

How We Can Help with PCI DSS Compliance

PCI compliance is not a single event, but an ongoing process. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was established by the major card brands. All businesses that process, store, or transmit payment card data are required to implement the standard to prevent cardholder data theft. As technology and card processing situations change, Infosec Partners provides a fully-supported PCI solution designed to help you achieve and maintain PCI compliance.

Infosec Partners provides a simplified self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) that intelligently guides you through the compliance process, cutting down the questions you have to answer by up to 80 percent. In addition, we can scan your site and network (if required). Even better, you can add on our PCI-certified TrueShield firewall, and make sure you easily pass the scan.


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    Benefits of PCI DSS Compliance

    Peace of mind

    The first benefit that comes along with PCI DSS compliance is the fact that you get increased peace of mind.

    Knowing that your organisation has done everything it can to ensure the safety and security of your customers’ payment card data means you won’t have to worry quite as much about any potential vulnerabilities in your system.

    In addition, by adhering to the guidelines set out by the PCI Security Standard Council, you know that you are following an industry standard that has been developed thoroughly and comprehensively.

    Customer Relationship

    One of the most obvious benefits of achieving PCI DSS compliance is the fact that it provides an undisputed advantage in the maintenance of customer relationships.

    By complying with the standards of the PCI DSS framework, you are demonstrating that your company places a high value on security – and this will encourage more customers to trust you with their personal payment card information.

    Improved customer relationships can often translate into a positive impact on your profits – so make sure your company isn’t left behind when it comes to achieving PCI DSS compliance.

    Universal principles

    PCI DSS compliance should be an essential component of any vulnerability management plan, but some organisations are deterred by perceived difficulties or costs.

    However, it may be easier than you think to comply with the PCI security standards – regardless of the technology you use or the type of business you have, the PCI DSS is designed to be able to apply to any company which processes and stores customer payment card data.

    For extra guidance, you may wish to turn to a trusted security solutions provider who can help your company navigate the process of PCI compliance successfully.

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