Industry Terms: PCI DSS

May 9, 2012

This is the latest installment in The Official Merchant Services Blog’s Knowledge Base effort. Well we want to make the payment processing industry’s terms and buzzwords clear. We want to remove any and all confusion merchants might have about how the industry works. Host Merchant Services promises: the company delivers personal service and clarity. So we’re going to take some time to explain how everything works. This ongoing series is where we define industry related terms and slowly build up a knowledge base and as we get more and more of these completed, we’ll collect them in our resource archive for quick and easy access. Today’s term is:


The acronym PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. PCI Compliance is essentially the process of adhering to the standards set forth by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Council (PCI DSS). You can review those standards in greater detail here. Essentially the standards are a set of requirements designed to ensure that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.

Host Merchant Services offers its very own PCI Compliance Initiative. Take advantage of this offer and let your PCI worries disappear:

Host Merchant Services PCI Compliance Initiative

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To learn more about PCI Compliance, Host Merchant Services offers these resources:

PCI Compliance FAQ

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PCI Compliance Guide

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