PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
Creating trust with your customers and vendors is all about keeping information secure. Over the last several years, the Card Brands (such as Visa and MasterCard) have created programs to ensure that not only are merchants and vendors are following the best security practices, but that they are implementing them and using secure payment applications. As a merchant, you are expected to comply with the Payment Card Industry standards and validate your compliance annually.
PCI Is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure. The size of your business will determine the specific compliance requirements that must be met. Note that enforcement of merchant compliance is managed by the individual payment brands and not by the Council – the same is true for non-compliance pena