06-04-13 | Blog Post
So, you either transmit, store, or process credit cardholder data for your business. You already know that means you need to be compliant with the 12 Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).
However, based on the number of transactions your company processes per year, there are specific levels of PCI compliance that need to be met. As a first step towards compliance, it’s important to know where your company falls on that spectrum, and how that can change the way you reach those requirements.
There are four levels of PCI compliance (these are mandated by Visa and Mastercard):
Keep in mind also that if you have a breach, it is possible that the card issuer can change your necessary compliance level. For example, you may only process 20,000 transactions in a year, which would put you at compliance level 3, but after a data breach Visa can determine that you now need to meet level 1 requirements.
What’s the difference between these levels? If your company is large enough to need level 1 compliance, you must get an independent approved scanning vendor (ASV) to come and audit your system and processes. If you are any of the lower levels, you won’t have to get an independent auditor, and instead can complete a PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire annually.
There are many different Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ) available as well, so you want to make sure you’re using the right one, based on your business:
With this and the PCI DSS in-hand, you’ve got the information you need to start working on those standards.
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