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eNinja Technologies has certified consultants who provide consulting and training for PCI DSS. PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. The process aims to ensure utmost protection to cash, debit and credit card transactions. It acts as a safeguard against theft of personal information of cardholders. The process was the result of collaboration among four giants in the industry; American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. And it came into existence in the year 2004.

Implementing PCI DSS compliance

PCI DSS applies to all organisations that process, store or transfer cardholder data or any other sensitive information. This deserves utmost importance to businesses that outsource their payment mechanism. Such businesses are responsible for ensuring the utmost protection to sensitive personal information.

Where does data loss happen?

Cardholder data loss can happen in the following circumstances:

  • Card readers that are compromised
  • Point of sales transaction networks
  • Online storage platforms
  • Databases
  • Filing cabinets
  • Wireless routers
  • Different eavesdropping devices or mechanisms.

PCI DSS requirements

Do the following to ensure that your business is PCI DSS compliant:

  • Make sure that you have the most advanced firewall in place.
  • Avoid passwords, and other default security mechanisms vendors offer.
  • Protect all information that is stored in your networks.
  • Encrypt all transactions that take place on your networks.
  • Install the latest anti-virus updates and protect your system from malware and other forms of fishing.
  • Design secure apps and keep your systems safe from hackers.
  • Impose restrictions on access to cardholder information using a business justification strategy.
  • Decide the system components that have access to cardholder data.
  • Limit direct access to sensitive information.
  • Keep track of everything that happens in your network that stores cardholder data.
  • Test your security mechanisms at regular intervals.
  • Maintain a policy that takes care of all issues related to information security.

The process is time-consuming. But the peace of mind and the profits PCI DSS offers is worth every penny you can spend.

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