Merchants and any other service providers involved with payment card processing must never store sensitive authentication data after authorization. This includes sensitive data that is printed on a card, or stored on a card’s magnetic stripe or chip – and personal identification numbers entered by the cardholder.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of guidelines put in place to ensure that merchants are following best practices in order to reduce credit card fraud and security breaches. The PCI DSS was formed by the five major card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Japan Card) in 2004 and compliance with this standard is required of all merchants. PCI compliance is not optional and is required of all merchants by the card brands; but more importantly it could help protect your business against a financial disaster.
Alpha Card Services' PCI Compliance Team has partnered with an Approved Scanning Vendor by the PCI Council to help manage our PCI compliance program.
All merchants are required to provide an annual attestation of compliance.
A merchant must complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) once a year.
Some merchants who process credit cards through an Internet connection may also need a quarterly vulnerability scan, but our PCI compliance team will help you determine exactly what is required for your business.
Once you achieve compliance your attestation will automatically be submitted to Alpha Card Services on your behalf.
Additionally, we will also send you email reminders each year that you’ll need to confirm your continued PCI compliance.
If you're an Alpha Card Service customer, we can help you determine what is needed to become PCI compliant. Please call 855-327-2567 today and someone in our PCI department can help you directly, or you can visit http://mypcisecurity.com/ to access your merchant portal. This website will help you validate your PCI DSS compliance.