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What Is PCI DSS?

elizabeth_sande Tugboat Employee Tugboat Team
edited September 9 in PCI DSS

If your business accepts credit card payments or stores that data, you may be scratching your head and wondering: “What is PCI DSS?” 

Remember years ago, back when mullets and shoulder pads were cool? Cashiers would take your magic plastic and use an old clunky manual card machine. The Knuckle-Buster made a loud CLUNK-CLINK when it rammed an imprint of your card on the carbon paper. Someone used to lock all those receipts in a filing cabinet or safe, and that was the extent of protecting credit card information. The nature of the internet and the complexities of today’s cloud-based world have introduced new vulnerabilities. 

Credit and debit card numbers are some of the most valuable digits around. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is an information security framework designed to help organizations protect that information.

So FYI, even if you only process a single credit card payment a year, this PCI DSS overview is for you!

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