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Security of credit card holder data is a hot topic in today's world. After several large breaches of data over the past few years, guidelines and rules for managing credit card data have become stricter. It is critical for your business to comply with the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Standards set forth by the PCI Security Standards Council. Below are some tips on how to be PCI compliant in your business.
ANY BUSINESS ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS MUST COMPLY WITH THE PCI SECURITY STANDARDS
Understand your payment system and how credit card transactions are handled - include in-store transactions plus online transactions.
Ensure you have security tools and techniques to protect card data during and after the transaction:
Make sure all equipment has the latest in security updates.
Use Anti-Virus software.
Ensure all passwords are strong and change them often.
Inspect point of sale systems and terminals to ensure they have not been tampered with.
Train all staff on the importance of keeping credit card data safe.
Never leave credit card data sitting out for others to see and destroy any paper or reports with credit card numbers.
Eliminate any need to store credit card data on site or on a server. Work with a Payments Partner, like First American, to store the data on their PCI secured servers.
Partner with a Payments Processor that offers PCI Compliance programs and security tools. Our 1stPaySecure product includes PCI Compliance as well as several other products like EMV, Fraud Detection and Tokenization/Encryption to keep data safe.