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The PCI/DSS standard is much talked about, but what does it mean?

06/01/2022

The PCI/DSS standard, to get straight to the point, is the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (hence the name PCI DSS). It is a data security standard. It is therefore the standard that enables the security of online payment methods.


Which card networks are affected by the PCI DSS standard?

This standard is managed by the 5 largest card networks:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover Card
  • JCB

Originally, each card network had its own program. On December 15, 2004, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) was established. As a result, the 5 card networks aligned themselves to appear with the PCI DSS standard.


Why was this standard introduced?

To avoid the main security problems caused by online card payments. This has led to increased control of cardholder information. The aim is to reduce fraudulent use of payment instruments. PULSE.digital takes the security of online payments very seriously. Our goal is to ensure the peace of mind of both the seller and the consumer.



The compliance

Compliance with the PCI DSS standard allows verification of the control points implemented and demonstrates that they are effective in protecting card data. Not all 5 card networks require PCI DSS compliance, only Visa and MasterCard require it of their vendors or suppliers.

It is worth noting that issuing banks are not obliged to validate the PCI DSS standard, but they must take the necessary steps to secure sensitive data in a manner consistent with the standard.

PULSE.digital ensures compliance with the PCI DSS standard for maximum security with regard to online payments.

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