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The Requirements For Becoming PCI DSS Compliant

PCI DSS compliant businesses are an essential component in the consumer marketplace. Any company that stores, transmits, and processes account information, such as credit card data, must ensure that this information is secure so that consumers are protected from account breaches and identify theft. Security is an ever increasing issue as more transactions are conducted online. Therefore, it is critical that businesses handling consumer account information understand requirements for becoming PCI DSS compliant.

The Steps For Becoming PCI DSS Compliant

PCI DSS compliant companies follow the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) developed by the PCI Security Standards Council. These security standards apply any time primary account numbers are stored, transmitted, and processed. In addition, these standards define specific high-level tasks for ensuring account data is protected and that security processes and procedures are consistent:

  • Building and maintaining a secure network – Firewalls are installed and configured to protect data, and vendor-supplied defaults for passwords and other security protocols are not used.
  • Protecting consumer account data at all points where it is stored, transmitted, and processed. Whenever data is transmitted across open, public networks, it must be encrypted.
  • Protecting systems from vulnerabilities – PCI compliant companies must use anti-virus software and update it on a regular basis, along with developing and maintaining secure applications and systems.
  • Establishing and enforcing strong access controls – A "business-need-to-know policy" is incorporated into a compliance management plan to limit unnecessary access to account data. Employees who are allowed access receive unique IDs, and physical access to account data is restricted.
  • Monitoring all access to account data and testing networks on a regular schedule.
  • Developing and maintaining a security information policy that covers all employees and vendors.

These standards are a minimum set of requirements for becoming PCI DSS compliant. The PCI Security Standards Council recommends additional enhanced controls to further reduce risk. Local, state, and federal regulations may also be stricter, depending on the location.

Layered Tech Can Help You Become PCI DSS Compliant

Layered Tech was the first company to become PCI DSS compliant for managed services and is a Level 1 service provider, the most rigorous in the industry. We specialize in compliance as a service, where we host and manage IT architectures and applications that help you comply with the latest stringent standards and regulations, such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, and FISMA. Our offerings include PCI compliant cloud hosting services and assistance with developing security strategies. We offer the facilities, expertise, and service that you need in a PCI compliant host.

In fact, we are so confident in our PCI compliance services that we offer a 100% Compliance Guarantee.

Learn more about how Layered Tech can help you become PCI DSS compliant.

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Customized escalation and remediation procedures     included included
Detailed performance statistics via client portal     included included
Synthetic transactions available for deployment to interrogate system health     included included
File integrity monitoring and remediation services       included