Merchants and service providers seeking to become Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliant, will need to embark on a structured “PCI DSS Roadmap to Compliance” for ensuring a seamless and transparent process. So what does this really mean and entail? It essentially requires all organizations to follow a path for PCI DSS compliance that is scalable, efficient, and gets you the results you need.
With that said, the first phase to undertake for any PCI DSS assessment is essentially a Readiness Assessment. This is a vital process that must always be the first step to undertake. In this phase, your organization will essentially identify the “who, what, where, and why” of the PCI DSS cardholder data environment. You will come to understand what the essential scope of the overall PCI DSS assessment will be, what “system components” are included in the scope of the assessment, and most importantly, what gaps or remediation activities have been found that will need to be corrected. To learn more about PCI DSS compliance, visit the official PCI DSS resource guide.