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What is PCI DSS?


PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.  PCI Data Security Standards are global standards from the Payment Card Security Standards Council and apply to all entities that process, transmit or store cardholder data.  The PCI Security Standards Council was founded by the major credit card industries (American Express, Discover Card, JCB, MasterCard, and Visa) to manage the continued development, communication, clarification, and implementation of the PCI standards.

The University and all departments that process payment card data have a contractual obligation to adhere to the PCI Data Security Standards.  We must adhere to these standards to protect our customers and to continue to process payments using payment cards. Each year, departments that are conducting payment card activities must submit a self assessment questionnaire assuring their compliance with PCI DSS.

The PCI DSS Quick Reference Guide  is intended to help you understand the PCI DSS and how it applies to your payment card transaction environment.  It describes the 12 Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements.