What is PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of industry-mandated requirements for any business that handles, processes, or stores branded credit cards from the major card schemes. PCI DSS was developed to protect consumers and their data whenever and wherever they make online payments.

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How Does the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Work?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is maintained by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, a group created in 2004 after MasterCard, Visa, Discover, JCB, and American Express collaborated to create a universal platform to prevent fraud for whenever Credit Card information is being transmitted.


PCI Compliance currently has six objectives:

  • Build and maintain a secure network
  • Protect cardholder data
  • Maintain a vulnerability management program
  • Implement strong access control measures
  • Regularly monitor and test networks
  • Maintain an information security policy.
These objectives are maintained through a set of strict regulations merchants and Payment Service Providers must follow to collect and transfer Credit Card information.

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