PCI compliance is obligatory for all e-commerce merchants. If your website accepts secure online transactions by credit card or debit card, then PCI compliance is required. Needless to say, online information submitted by customers is very sensitive. The responsibility is to protect the data.
PCI refers to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. The short-form label is PCI DSS, but for the most part, businesses refer to PCI. When providing secure online transactions, merchants are processing highly personal credit card payments and storing that data as a matter of course.
The primary purpose of compliance is to mitigate the risk of data loss (private information). The objective, of course, is prevention – but detection and discovery are also important. In worst-case situations, merchants must understand how to respond when a potential data breach occurs.
Ensuring secure online transactions
Whatever your online business activity, customers have to feel confident that your website is secure. Compliance provides security and protection for both customers and merchants. Today, with the proliferation of online fraud, it’s even more important to protect your sensitive data.
As an e-commerce merchant, you’re storing credit card data and authentication data that must be kept private and secure. By any measure, compliance is a huge responsibility. It’s also an ongoing process that requires ongoing strategy, especially when online technology advances so quickly.
Meeting the challenge of compliance
With technology developing so quickly, there are also growing levels of fraud across the board. That’s precisely why merchants who offer online payment solutions must be compliant. The basis of online business is trust – and compliance provides the security for merchants and customers.
Simply put, it’s essential for businesses to be compliant when engaging in online business, and when offering secure payment options. It’s equally important to keep things updated – systems and procedures must be protected to ensure that all potential vulnerabilities are safeguarded.
PCI DSS guidelines and requirements
The guidelines for PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) are incorporated into 12 specific requirements and grouped into 6 specific areas. They apply to all payment processors.
- Building and maintaining a secure network
- Protecting cardholder data and information
- Maintaining a good vulnerability management
- Implementing solid access/control measures
- Monitoring and testing of existing networks
- Maintaining an information security policy
Because every business could suffer from a data breach, it’s essential to be protected against any potential vulnerability. This is especially relevant for businesses without sophisticated security.
For the restaurant industry PCI, DSS compliance is a must
For restaurants, and particularly bigger restaurant chains, compliance with PCI DSS standards is simply a must. For those who offer secure payment options using any type of digital processing, there’s no other way but to be fully compliant with PCI standards.
With Milagro, restaurant owners are assured of proprietary POS Software that’s designed to be compliant with PCI DSS standards. Our leading-edge software – known as SmartPOS – is an all-in-one platform designed for restaurants (and chains) of all capacities.
SmartPOS is PCI compliant by design – an essential feature for restaurants that offer any type of digital processing. Indeed, SmartPOS sets the stage for the future – a single platform for all POS functions, digital ordering, loyalty programs, and customer profiles.
Without a doubt, security in the restaurant business is paramount – a single breach in security can be catastrophic. That’s where Milagro’s SmartPOS platform comes into play, with a cloud-based solution that ensures data security and peace of mind at one time.
SmartPOS delivers results – it’s up and running in moments; with real-time access to all data; and with customized Role-Based Access Control. Best of all, it all operates with an IT team of one!