What is PCI Compliance?
If you’ve ever handled payment cards, you’ve probably heard of PCI Compliance. You’ve likely heard of PCI security standards, and the term “PCI compliance,” and you’ve probably seen their name (as PCI Compliance or PCI DSS) on your statement as a type of transaction fee or a monthly or annual fee.
According to PCI Compliance’s website, they are a “global forum for the ongoing development, enhancement, storage, dissemination and implementation of security standards for account data protection.” In 2006, American Express, Discover, JCB (a Japanese credit card issuer), MasterCard, and Visa (the “Big Five”) got together and formed this organization: The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI-ISS).
When you choose EPS as your merchant services provider, we will help you ensure you’re in compliance with PCI security standards, which are comprised of twelve specific security requirements, all designed to protect cardholder information.