Keep your systems secure, and customers can trust you with their sensitive payment card information. When you stay compliant, you are part of the solution – a united, global response to fighting payment card data compromise.Learn More
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The PCI Security Standards Council is constantly working to monitor threats and improve the industry’s means of dealing with them, through enhancements to PCI Security Standards and by the training of security professionals.Learn More
The PCI Security Standards Council’s mission is to enhance global payment account data security by developing standards and supporting services that drive education, awareness, and effective implementation by stakeholders.
PCI Level 1 Compliance in as Quick as 21 Days!
Achieving PCI Level 1 on your own often takes 6-12 months, or longer, on top of recurring annual PCI security maintenance and audits. Reaching Level 1 requires dedicated full-time resources to build and maintain a secure network, protect cardholder data, uphold a vulnerability management program, implement strong access control, monitor and test networks, and enforce an information security policy.
PCI Level 1 is achievable in as quick as 21 days, no matter the type of business (merchant, service provider, or other). Integrate to VGS with no changes to existing systems, and instantly begin securing, managing, and using sensitive data.
Reasons to Use VGS for PCI Compliance
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Zero Data means focus. Every dollar and every minute matter for an early-stage startup. Spending those dollars and minutes managing data security is not what’s going to drive our business.
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We’re saving anywhere from $150,000 to $250,000, not including the recurring expenses to stay up to date with compliance.
PCI Compliance Cost
Meeting all the compliance requirements that PCI DSS demands is far from an easy pursuit. The painstaking DIY route can take an average business between 9-12 months and easily reach $1.1MM(1) in upfront costs, with yearly upkeep costs of $135k continuing indefinitely as ongoing testing and maintenance are vital to maintaining your compliance status.
For businesses that have a physical retail presence or operate call centers, they can incur even higher compliance costs.
(1) Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) for Merchants Value Proposition, February 2019
PCI Compliance Consulting Services – VGS takes on 100% of the burden for you.
With PCI DSS solutions from VGS, you can skip the long and costly journey of becoming PCI compliant by offloading your card industry data security obligations to us and starting to focus your time and resources on what truly matters: growing your business.
We provide an end-to-end solution that includes all the necessary PCI Compliance documents, Report on Compliance (ROC), and we’ll even work with the Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) along the way.
We help with:
PCI Level 1:
- Audit scheduling and facilitation
- Documentation review
- Policy and document templates
- Scoping solutions
PCI Level 2 through Level 4:
- Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) scoping
- Pre-filled SAQ
- Guidance for customer’s PCI requirements
What is PCI DSS compliance
PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is a worldwide standard for the secure handling of payment card data, first crafted by the major payment card brands in order to help prevent payment card fraud and protect cardholder data. Compliance is achieved after businesses verifiably fulfill all PCI DSS requirements, which is obligatory for all entities that handle consumer PCI data.
What is PCI security standards
The major payment card brands in the payment card industry, collectively known as the PCI SSC (PCI Security Standards Council), created this universal data security standard to prevent credit card fraud and strengthen the security of cardholder data worldwide. In total, there are 12 PCI DSS requirements, which businesses that handle cardholder data must follow. The level of compliance needed depends on the number of transactions your business processes annually, with Level 1 being the most stringent for both merchants and service providers. When it comes to validation requirements, PCI Level 1 merchants and service providers must submit a Report on Compliance (ROC), which needs to be signed by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). Meanwhile, Level 2 service providers and Level 2 – 4 merchants can complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) instead
Who does PCI DSS apply to
PCI DSS requirements apply to all businesses that collect, store, or transmit payment card data. The level of PCI Compliance needed depends on how many transactions are processed per year.
Who enforces PCI Compliance
Compliance with PCI DSS requirements is enforced by the major payment card brands (Visa, JCB International, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express). Together, this group makes up the PCI SSC (PCI Security Standards Council) – which created the security standard in the first place.
How much does PCI compliance cost
The cost of achieving and maintaining PCI Compliance can vary significantly from business to business due to a number of considerations, including how much PCI data they are processing and what resources the organization already has on hand. For companies that opt for the DIY route, upfront costs can reach as high as $1.1MM, not including the $135k annual maintenance costs that follow.
And that cost estimate is strictly for ecommerce businesses, so merchants who have a physical presence or operate call centers may incur additional costs.