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PCI Compliance

What is PCI compliance?

PCI Compliance refers to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). PCI compliance is essential for businesses and organizations that process, store, or transmit credit card payments. The goal of PCI compliance is to protect consumer information and prevent hacking that can lead to security breaches.

Should my business be PCI compliant?

If your business is committed to protecting consumers and building trust, you should have operating systems that are PCI compliant. There are a few different steps involved in the process of becoming PCI compliant. PCS-MS can handle this transition from start to finish.


PCI Compliance Requirements

Create a Secure Network

Building and maintaining a secure network is the first step in becoming proactive about protecting consumer cardholder data. If your network is created and installed by professional IT consultants, it is more likely to be secure on the front end.

Whether you are in the process of building a new secure network or working towards implementing a new secure system, PCS-MS can help.


Protect Consumer Cardholder Data

Protecting consumer data is the ultimate goal in working to build secure systems and networks. With such widespread consumer data breaches and leaks due to hackers and malfunctioning or weak security networks and a growing number of online transactions, protecting cardholder data is becoming more important.

The two main ways PCS-MS works with organizations to protect cardholder data. The first is by creating safe storage locations online with limited access for employees and administrators not involved in billing and accounting roles. The second is to encrypt consumer data that is used across open networks to prevent hackers and identity thieves from being able to use consumer data for nefarious purposes.

Utilize Security Software and Programs

In addition to developing secure networks, organizations must utilize security software and applications in order to be PCI compliant. PCS-MS can help protect cardholder data by installing and maintaining anti-virus and security software and applications that prevent access to consumer information.

Restrict and Control Access

Controlling and restricting access to consumer data is vital for any entity seeking to protect consumer data.This means setting up strong passwords for all network and security systems and employees. Variations of the same password should not be used, nor should passwords that would be easy for hackers to guess.

Consumer data should also be protected from individuals inside your organization. If you are a large network of organizations or you employees hundreds or thousands of employees, consumer data should only be provided and accessed by individuals on a need-to-know basis. Also, working to educate your employees on the importance of protecting consumer data in order to protect both the reputation and assets of your own company as well as the information of individuals should be a priority.

PCS-MS works with organizations to restrict both physical and digital access to consumer cardholder data by creating networks, systems, and processes that allow you to continue processing transactions and providing quality items and services without having to worry about hackers and identity thieves.


Routine Monitoring of Security Networks

PCI compliance also requires routine network monitoring and testing to ensure security systems and networks are in order. This includes utilizing the best anti-virus software and processes. PCS-MS monitors the status of networks by checking in with data storage systems and ensuring all hardware and software are working in conjunction with the security standards we have set for your organization.

Provide Consumers with an Information Security Policy

Organizations must provide consumers with a security policy in order to be PCI compliant. A security policy is similar to a privacy policy your consumers may be required to sign when providing their personal information, but rather than providing them with information on how your organization uses their personal information, a security policy informs them of how you are taking steps to protect sensitive information.

it is your responsibility to let them how you are proactively working to maintain network security and to ensure that you are doing everything possible to protect consumers from hackers, theft, and fraud.


Memphis’ Trusted IT Experts

Is your organization in need of professional IT services? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you protect consumer cardholder data and prevent security breaches.


PCS-MS works with hundreds of businesses in the Mid-South area to protect the data of both organizations and consumers. Learn more about PCS-MS and why we are known as the trusted local experts for all things hardware, software, and IT-related.


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