Is your website safe from hackers?
Why be PCI DSS Compliant?To start you will have a safer website, and it will make your Merchant Bank happy, but what's more important is it could save you from losing your business should a breach ever occur.
Imagine Your Peace of Mind
Trust Guard's PCI DSS scan looks at over 45,400 known vulnerabilities or security holes (plus hundreds of new ones each month) helping to protect your site from Hackers. Imagine finally having a safe website and feeling the peace of mind this scanning will give you.
Tell the World!Show your visitors that your website is safe with a Security Scanned Seal. This seal instantly builds visitor trust and confidence which increases sales!
When visitors feel safe, they are more likely to buy from you.
PCI DSS and PA DSS and How They Apply to You
PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards which are the official security standards created by the PCI Council (the major credit card companies) to reduce payment card fraud. These standards are part of your merchant agreement that you sign when you decide to accept payment cards (credit, debit, etc.) and whether you're aware of it or not, you are ultimately financially responsible if someone steals your customer's credit cards and you're found not in compliance. Unfortunately, all of the other parties that are involved in the process of helping you process credit cards have the ability to kindly pass the painful, exorbitant non-compliance fines and penalties on to you, the merchant. (Isn't that nice of them?)
In a nutshell, the purpose of PCI DSS is to create as secure of an environment as possible for you to process credit cards, so the doomsday scenario above doesn't happen. The PCI council actually has 12 main security requirements that all merchants are supposed to strive for in order to be truly compliant. However, the extent to which the 12 requirements need to be met depend on the number of transactions that a company processes in a year, which are separated into 4 levels. A break down of the PCI DSS Compliance requirements for each level can be found here PCI DSS doc.
PA DSS stands for Payment Application Data Security Standards, (which is a completely separate but related set of standards from PCI DSS above) which apply specifically to companies that develop or operate Payment Applications that online merchants (like yourself) use to process transactions, such as shopping carts. The PA DSS are in place so that your shopping cart's payment application software processes your client's credit cards using the proper security specifications, to protect against vulnerabilities.