PCI Compliance

What is PCI COMPLIANCE? Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) provides a framework for developing a strong security process …


Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) provides a framework for developing a strong security process for credit card transactions. If you are a merchant or a service provider who accepts, transmits, and/ or stores cardholder data, you must be PCI compliant.

Achieving full compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security (PCI DSS) is daunting and tedious, and in many cases requires a great deal of effort and financial cost for businesses. There are the tasks involved to secure, monitor and manage the cardholder’s data, such as defining policies and procedures to implement technology solutions.


To break down PCI compliance a bit further, here’s an explanation of the difference guidelines:

Any organization that accepts one or more of the five major credit cards that formed the PCI DSS council.

Merchant service providers
Businesses that transmit, process, or store credit card information for other merchants.

Payment application
Devices or online shopping carts that transmit, processes, or store credit cards information like credit card readers, e-commerce carts, or point-of-sale systems.

Payment gateway
The middleman for merchants and banks; these companies transmit data between a business running a credit card with a bank that either approves or denies a request for payment.

Payment processor
These all-in-one businesses typically provide the merchant account, payment application, and payment gateway for merchants.


While PCI DSS is seemingly straightforward, proper execution of the steps required for compliance can be tricky. For example, there are requirements that you map out and trace all of your payment card data. That sort of detailed network architecture requires expertise.

PCI compliance consulting can help businesses maintain compliance and become nimble for anticipated changes in PCI DSS standards as new threats arise. Even changes in the way applications are developed led to revisions in PCI DSS.

With PCI compliance support from Advantage Industries, you can rest assured that your business has the most up-to-date protocols in place to keep your customer card data safe and your business information secure. Interested in learning more about how we can simplify PCI DSS compliance? Contact one of our specialists today.

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Keith Heilveil

In 1999 Advantage Industries was created to protect and promote our client’s success through the use of innovative technology. Our company is a full services technology firm that provides computer network support and solutions, managed services, cybersecurity, and custom application development for small and medium businesses in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas.

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