Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security

Jun 16 2009   11:40AM GMT

PCI DSS Requirements for Service Providers | Expert Advice from a QSA



PCI DSS compliance is becoming a requirement for many service providers involved in the processing, storage, transmission, and switching of transaction data and cardholder data.

In short, a service provider, for purposes of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliance includes companies that provide services to merchants, to other “service providers” or are other entities that control OR could impact the security of cardholder data.

So, here are some common examples of service providers:

Transaction Processors
Payment Gateways
Customer Service Entities, such as Call Centers
Managed Service Providers
Web Hosting Providers
Data Centers
Independent Sales Organizations (ISO’s)

And you may also want to know that the major payment brands (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover Card, and JCB) have different “terms” for service providers.

AMEX-They are called a “Third Party Processor”
Discover-They are called a “Third Party Processor” and a “Payment Service Provider”
Mastercard-They are called “Third Party Processors” and a “Data Storage Entity”
VISA-They can be called a “VisaNet Processor”, which is considered everybody that connects to VISA.

And generally speaking (with a noted exception), all Service Providers will need an annual on-site Review done by a Qualified Security Assessor.

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