What is a PCI Compliance?
The Payment Card Industry Compliance (PCI Compliance) is a set of global security standards and requirements developed and managed by the PCI Security Standard Council. This ensures that all companies that process, handle, or transmit credit card information maintain a safe and secure payments transaction. These are standards that all businesses that transact using credit cards must abide by.
Companies that abide by and achieve the PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) are considered as PCI Compliant. The PCI DSS has six major objectives, 90 combined key and base requirements, and over 400 test procedures.
PCI DSS’s major requirements
Like mentioned above, the PCI DSS has six major objectives, which are defined as the following:
- Build and maintain a secure network and systems
- Protect cardholder data
- Maintain a vulnerability management program
- Implement strong access control measures
- Regularly monitor and test networks
- Maintain an information security policy