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Turning your Website PCI Compliant

You turned your Website PCI Compliant! Is it enough?

Some IT Specialists argue that turning your Webstite PCI Compliant is a mere drop in the ocean when it comes to Website and Data Security. There have been several instances where IT Security Professionals haven’t been impressed by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. Should you worry about PCI? We strongly believe you shouldn’t, and here is why: I don’t think there is anything in this world that can be called totally secure, or that can guarantee nothing will ever fail. Turning your Website PCI compliant is like installing gutters on your newly built house. Will they guarantee water won’t EVER drip on the walls? NO. But be sure they will protect your house from rain and water. Having your Website PCI Compliant provides a baseline for Security of your Web Systems.

Making and maintaining PCI Compliance on your Website

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, also known as PCI, requires any Company or Website that accepts, processes, or stores credit card data to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the information. PCI was created to increase control of cardholder data to reduce credit card theft and fraud. Even though PCI compliance rates are improving with time, many Websites are still unprepared. Therefore, if you want to accept credit cards online you will need to become PCI compliant

In order for a Merchant to become PCI Compliant they also have to successfully fill out the appropriate self assessment questionnaire (SAQ), have a written security policy which is kept up to date, and have the Website scanned and passed by an authorized PCI Compliance scanning Vendor.

PCI Compliance is an ongoing process, and Security Specialists can help you turn and maintain your Website PCI compliant. Some of the steps to be implemented in order to bring Websites to PCI standards or exceed PCI standards are as follows:

  • Build and Maintain a Secure Network
  • Protect Cardholder Data
  • Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
  • Schedule scans to ensure Data Security
  • Implement Strong Access Control Measures
  • Regularly Monitor and Test Networks

If you have questions for our Security Specialists on PCI Compliance Let Us Know


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