The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of standards designed to keep credit and debit card payment data safe and secure. It was created by the five major international card schemes – American Express, JCB, MasterCard, Visa and Discover – to combat the problem of card data theft and fraud.
PCI DSS compliance is the minimum level of card data security for any business that accepts credit and debit cards, regardless of size, and any organisation which stores, processes and/or sends card data. The 12 core steps of PCI DSS are designed to keep an organisation safe from most types of attack.
Compliant organisations demonstrate good behaviour and a commitment to payment security.