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PCI Compliance FAQs
- Who is required to meet PCI security standard?
All entities that accept credit or debit card payment, collect, process or store credit card transaction information, regardless of their transaction volume, are required to meet the PCI standard by June 30, 2005. Failure to comply with the PCI security standard may result in substantial fines or permanent expulsion from card acceptance programs. All Acquiring Banks (merchant banks) are also required to have received certified proof of PCI compliance from merchants with more than 20,000 transactions per year by June 30, 2005. This does not mean that only merchants with more than 20,000 transactions per year are required to meet the PCI standard. Acquiring Banks are required to have documented proof of compliance form these merchants, or be liable to fines themselves. Many banks are already requiring all merchants, regardless of transaction volume, to produce this Certification of PCI Compliance.
- What are the PCI security standards?
The new Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards are network security and business practice guidelines developed by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card. They were developed to establish a 'minimum security standard' with regards to the protection of cardholders' account and transaction information.
- What do I need to do to meet the PCI standards?
The PCI standard comprises two basic steps:
Pass quarterly remote vulnerability scans conducted by a Visa and MasterCard "Qualified Independent Scan Vendor". Scans are required for all Internet connection points whether they are office networks or home/office connections (dial-up, DSL, cable or wireless) or permanent Internet servers such as your web site and email server, etc.
Successful completion of a security self-assessment questionnaire. The self -assessment questionnaire asks specific questions about your internal security practices, both on your web site and in your office.
- Where can I find more information?
You can visit the PCI Security Standards Council website at: