PCI Compliant Hosting

PCI-DSS

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is an information security standard for organizations that handle credit card and debit card information. Defined by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, the standard was created to increase controls around credit card data to reduce credit card fraud via its exposure. If you want to sell online and accept payments from Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit cards, your software and hosting needs to be PCI compliant.

The PCI Security Standards Council identifies 12 requirements to be met by the PCI DSS-compliant merchant and host. These 12 requirements fall into six categories:

  • Build and maintain a secure network
  • Protect cardholder data
  • Maintain a vulnerability management program
  • Implement strong security measures
  • Regularly test and monitor networks
  • Maintain an information security policy