Forbes Snyder Tri-State Cash Register Keeping You Informed

It is important for merchants to understand the latest data security standards as they apply to you and your business. Merchants must take the time to understand the security issues and requirements for the Payment Card industry. Understanding current PCI Standards will help you to avoid potentially costly fines and penalties that can result from security breaches.


Please take the time to visit the links below to keep you current on industry standards. We encourage you to contact the resources directly with any questions you may have.

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List of PABP Validated Payment Applications:

http://usa.visa.com/download/merchants/validated_payment_applications.pdf

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New PCI Guidelines for Managing Wireless and Bluetooth Devices in the POS Space.

https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/pdfs/PCI_DSS_Wireless_Guideline_with_WiFi_and_Bluetooth_082211.pdf

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The PCI security framework is governed by the PCI Security Standards Council.  Their website can be found here:

https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/

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The full PCI Data Security Standard for Retailers is what you need to understand, follow, and apply to your business to achieve compliance and security.  Download it here:

https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/security_standards/documents.php?category=standards

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This supporting documentation will help you understand and implement the DSS:

https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/security_standards/documents.php?category=standards

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The Self-Assessment Questionnaire is designed to help you review your business infrastructure and practices to determine your level of PCI compliance.  SAQ for Merchants:

https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/merchants/self_assessment_form.php

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The VISA Cardholder Information Security Program(CISP)- VISA has been one of the primary drivers of the push for greater cardholder protection and store security.  The CISP has led to the PCI standard and VISA continues to provide information and resources for retailers.  VISA also requires merchants to comply with these standards to avoid fines and penalties.  See the overview here:

http://usa.visa.com/merchants/risk_management/cisp.html?ep=v_sym_cisp

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Please review the basics for merchants:

http://usa.visa.com/merchants/risk_management/cisp_overview.html

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Also review and understand the guidelines and documents for merchants like yourself.  PCI compliance is designed to prevent cardholder data loss and theft, and VISA is prepared to react in a highly punitive manner in the event of a breach of an unsecured system.  See the requirements for merchants:

http://usa.visa.com/merchants/risk_management/cisp_merchants.html

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VISA Alerts and other useful media:

http://usa.visa.com/merchants/risk_management/cisp_alerts.html

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Tools and FAQ:

http://usa.visa.com/merchants/risk_management/cisp_tools_faq.html

 

 

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