What is PCI-DSS?
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is a worldwide standard designed to protect payment card data. Created to help organizations that process card payments to prevent payment card fraud, it imposes strict data controls on all organizations that store, process, or transmit payment card data from card brands.
The standard requires organizations to meet stringent requirements for the handling and safe keeping of data.
Who does PCI-DSS Apply to?
Organizations handling card data are obliged to protect the cardholder data. They are required to build and maintain a secure network that is regularly monitored and tested. These networks should have strong access controls and must comply with a maintained information security policy held by the organization. All card processing organizations are also obliged to maintain a vulnerability management program.
PCI-DSS Non-Compliance Penalties
For organizations that fail to comply with these requirements, the penalties can involve:
- Insurance claims
- Cancelled accounts/replacement cards
- Payment card issuer fines
- License to process transactions could be revoked
Credit and debit card brands are getting stricter on PCI compliance with individual card providers choosing to increase fines they charge for data breaches. The ultimate risk resulting from a breach, for companies with a relationship with one or more of the card brands, is the loss of their ability to process credit card payments. Companies subject to a data breach may also be audited and could potentially be fined heavily.
How Data Classification can help with PCI-DSS
Fortra's Data Classification is internationally recognized classification software can help organizations protect personal data by reducing the risk of a data breach through the use of classification. For example, a screen shot sent to another department may contain an individual’s address and credit card number and wouldn’t be picked up by most Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions. However, the user could mark the email as PCI-related to ensure that the information is handled confidentially in line with PCI requirements.
Fortra's Data Classification support compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards by:
Clearly identifying PCI-related information to assist or help enforce data loss prevention (DLP)
Assisting with enterprise search should an audit be required
Identifying and triggering encryption, where required