Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security

Apr 30 2009   2:51PM GMT

PCI DSS Requirements | VISA Merchant Levels and Requirements for Compliance

Charles Denyer Charles Denyer Profile: Charles Denyer

PCI DSS VISA Requirements for Merchants as stated by VISA require merchants to first and foremost identify what “Level” of compliance is required. This simply requires your organization to identify the number of transactions per year that are undertaken. In short, calculate or approximate this number to see which level you fall into.

Level 1: Any merchant-regardless of acceptance channel-processing over 6,000,000 Visa transactions per year and Any merchant that Visa, at its sole discretion, determines should meet the Level 1 merchant requirements to minimize risk to the Visa system.
Level 2: Any merchant-regardless of acceptance channel-processing 1,000,000 to 6,000,000 Visa transactions per year.
Level 3: Any merchant processing 20,000 to 1,000,000 Visa e-commerce transactions per year.
Level 4: Any merchant processing fewer than 20,000 Visa e-commerce transactions per year, and all other merchants-regardless of acceptance channel-processing up to 1,000,000 Visa transactions per year.

Now, based on which Level you fall into, listed below are the requirements as set forth by VISA.

Level 1: Annual onsite review by QSA (PCI DSS Assessment) and Quarterly Network Scan by ASV
Level 2: Annual Self Assessment Questionnaire and Quarterly Network Scan by ASV
Level 3: Annual Self Assessment Questionnaire and Quarterly Network Scan by ASV
Level 4: Annual Self Assessment Questionnaire and Quarterly Network Scan by ASV

To learn more about PCI DSS Requirements, visit pciassessment.org

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