PCI Compliance and Keeping Your Data Secure
In a world where Data Breaches are in the news every day, it’s critical that merchants take steps to make sure their data is secure. Don’t let the frequency of these incidents imply they are no big deal- it can take years for a business to recover from a breach, if at all.
Luckily, ClearGate’s inherent security and friendly staff make gaining PCI compliance, and peace of mind a breeze.
PCI SSC Overview
The PCI Security Standards Council offers robust and comprehensive standards and supporting materials to enhance payment card data security. These materials include a framework of specifications, tools, measurements and support resources to help organizations ensure the safe handling of cardholder information at every step. The keystone is the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which provides an actionable framework for developing a robust payment card data security process — including prevention, detection and appropriate reaction to security incidents.
Tools to assist organizations validate their PCI DSS compliance include Self Assessment Questionnaires. The chart linked here shows some of the tools available to help organizations become PCI DSS-compliant.
Is ClearGate PCI Level 1 Compliant?
Yes! ClearGate is certified Level 1 PCI DSS compliant.
What is PCI-DSS?
Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standards
The PCI-DSS mandates that certain steps be taken by all who accept credit cards to ensure the security of the cardholder information. To review what is required to reach PCI’s DSS compliance click here
What is a PCI-PA?
Payment Card Industry – Payment Application
To check if a PA is validated click here
What is PA-DSS?
Payment Application – Data Security Standard
These standards mandate that all payment applications (software) be validated by a PCI SSC QSA To visit the official website click here
What is PCI-SSC?
Payment Card Industry – Security Standards Council
For he official website for PCI, click here.
What is a PCI SSC QSA?
Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council Qualified Security Assessor
How to Start the Compliance Process
The First Step in reaching compliance as a ClearGate Merchant is to begin the PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ)
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- UserID: Your 15 or 16 digit Merchant Number (which can be found on your merchant statement)
- One-time password: The last 5 numbers of your merchant ID and capitalized abbreviated state code. For example, if the last 5 digits of your merchant number are 91307 and your state is California, your password would be 91307CA.
After your initial setup, you will create a unique password, and your one-time password will no longer work, so be sure to retain that in your records.
If you have any trouble logging into the system, please call our Customer Support Team at 866-779-4787 option #6 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your merchant ID # in any emails. The answers you provide in the SAQ will dictate whether you require additional compliance steps such as quarterly network scanning.