Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard – PCI DSS is an information security standard for credit card industry to protect cardholder data handled by merchants, service providers and acquirers.
The PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to all entities that store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data. It covers technical and operational practices for system components included in or connected to environments with cardholder data. If you accept or process payment cards, PCI DSS applies to you.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a global standard for data security of cardholder information, established by five international payment card brands (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX and Discover). PCI Standard is mandated by these card brands and administered by Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. PCI Security Standard Council is a global forum for the ongoing development, enhancement, storage, dissemination and implementation of security standards for account data protection.
The goal of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is to protect cardholder data and sensitive authentication data wherever it is processed, stored or transmitted. The security controls and processes required by PCI DSS are vital for protecting all payment card account data, including the PAN – the primary account number printed on the front of a payment card. Merchants, service providers, and other entities involved with payment card processing must never store sensitive authentication data after authorization. This includes the 3- or 4- digit security code printed on the front or back of a card, the data stored on a card’s magnetic stripe or chip (also called “Full Track Data”) – and personal identification numbers (PIN) entered by the cardholder. The current standard PCI DSS Ver 3.2 has got 6 goals, 12 requirements and over 300 sub requirements as given below.
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