What is PCI DSS and Does it Apply to Me?
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (often shortened to "PCI DSS" or just "PCI"), is a set of data security requirements established and governed by Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express®, and Discover® to protect cardholder account information. PCI DSS includes best practices to identify vulnerabilities in processes, procedures, and web site configurations. These practices help businesses protect themselves against security breaches, safeguard customer data, and protect the integrity of electronic payments.
Why am I Here?
You're a small business that has been asked to become PCI compliant by Washington Trust Bank. You may be thinking that data security is only for large businesses, or that data security doesn't apply to you.
Consider These Facts:
90% of data breaches happen at small merchants - businesses like yours.
A breach can cause irreparable harm to a business' reputation and customer relationships.
A data breach can severely impact a small business, with financial burdens such as fines, fees, chargebacks, and investigation costs.
Compliance helps build the right security to protect your customer data – preventing theft and fraud.