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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

The SRM PCI DSS compliance team of QSAs have been successfully delivering PCI compliance projects for over 10 years; helping organisations at all levels to understand not only how to comply but also how to reduce costs.

Who needs this service?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to virtually every organisation which accepts, transmits, processes or stores any cardholder data, regardless of size or the number of transactions; whether electronically using a terminal, through a service provider or via an ecommerce website or manually using paper methods.

Compliance requirements can, however, vary and it is the responsibility of every organisation to establish how they should comply with PCI DSS. An organisation’s acquiring bank will usually be able to advise on the need for compliance. Establishing the exact PCI DSS requirements can be a complex business and professional advice should be obtained.

Why use SRM for PCI Compliance?

SRM’s PCI DSS compliance team includes leading Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) who use their wealth of experience to help companies understand not only how to comply but how to reduce costs by ensuring that the scope to achieve compliance each year is as simple as possible. Our team can guide businesses at any level in completing the PCI DSS compliance from SMEs right through to full QSA-managed PCI assessments for FTSE 100 companies.

What are the challenges?

The process of PCI DSS compliance involves an annual check of twelve requirements to ensure that important security steps to safeguard customers’ data are in place. PCI DSS compliance is constantly being updated and in addition to the outline requirements there will be many additional micro sub requirements, making the process complex, particularly for larger organisations.

Because PCI DSS compliance involves an annual check, it is important to note that this only demonstrates that an organisation was compliant on a certain date; a bit like a car MOT. To ensure ongoing compliance, the process needs to be managed continually throughout the year. If a breach occurs at any time, your current compliance status will be taken into account by the PCI when determining the level of fine imposed.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Those that should but do not comply, or demonstrate that they are working towards compliance, may be liable for non-compliance fines, at the discretion of the PCI. Ultimately an acquiring bank can terminate a relationship, which will prevent the organisation from accepting any payments by card.

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