PCI Compliance

What are the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards?


The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) are requirements to help you process card payments securely. 

As a business owner, it’s important that you understand and apply these standards. 

Meeting these standards will help you protect your data and customers’ information from breaches and theft. These standards include how you:

  • take a payment online
  • take a payment through an electronic payment terminal
  • handle a card number read to you over the phone
  • handle a card number received in a letter or email.

The PCI Security Standards Council

The PCI Security Standards Council is a global forum. Industries come together to develop, enhance, share and assist with the understanding of security standards for payment account security.

The Council members include:

  • American Express
  • Discover Financial Services
  • JCB International
  • MasterCard
  • Visa Inc.