Data Security and Your Customers

What you need to know about PCI compliance.

Today nearly all businesses accept credit and debit cards as a form of payment. To protect your customers' sensitive data, the payment card industry has recently developed a set of standards known as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, or simply PCI-DSS.

As a merchant, you must be compliant with the new PCI-DSS requirements or risk losing your ability to process debit and credit card transactions. Let's take a closer look.

Becoming PCI-DSS Compliant

Developed & enforced by the 5 major credit card networks including Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, and Discover, PCI-DSS requirements apply to all businesses that store, process, and transmit cardholder data. There are 12 requirements that fall into 6 categories as follows:

  • Build and maintain a secure network - includes firewalls and passwords

  • Protect cardholder data - data encryption and storage procedures

  • Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program - Anti-virus and operating system security

  • Access Control Measures - covers both electronic and physical access and handling of sensitive data

  • Monitoring and Testing Networks - schedule regular tests of security measures

  • Information Security Policy - formalized security policy that's updated and distributed regularly

PCI-DSS Resources

There is a wealth of information and resources online to help ensure that you are compliant with the new PCI-DSS requirements. In fact, Sage has developed a dedicated website for Sage 100 customers at:

You'll also find complete details on the official PCI Security Standard website at www.PciSecurityStandards.org.

The Lighter Side of PCI-DSS

Contact Us and we'll email you a FREE copy of the e-book "PCI Compliance for Dummies."

This comprehensive e-book explains how to comply with PCI-DSS requirements, presented in plain English and in a light-hearted fashion.

Please be sure to contact us if you have specific questions about PCI-DSS compliance and your Sage 100 system.

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