Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) compliance will no doubt continue to grow in 2009 and beyond. The number of merchants, service providers, and other third party processors/third party providers needing the PCI stamp of approval will continue to grow, based on varying industry and business circumstances.
What all entities need to be aware of are the following:
Understanding what level of PCI DSS compliance is needed. This is based primarily on the “transaction volume” your business does on a yearly basis.
If you do have to go through an official on-site assessment by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), then you need to be able to find the right QSAC firm who can truly help you understand what compliance entails, what the roadblocks could be and what are some of the hidden costs that most organizations are simply not aware of.
If you want to learn more about Payment Card Industry Compliance, then visit pciassessment.org