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What does PCI DSS mean?

What is the PCI DSS? 

The PCI DSS, or Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, is a comprehensive framework established to ensure the secure handling of payment card data. It outlines a set of requirements and best practices to safeguard cardholder information during transactions. The PCI DSS encompasses various security controls, including encryption, access controls, network security, and regular monitoring, aimed at preventing data breaches and ensuring the confidentiality of payment data. 

By adhering to PCI DSS, organizations ensure that customer payment information remains protected, fostering customer trust and preventing data breaches that could result in financial loss and reputational damage. 

Who does PCI DSS apply to? 

PCI DSS applies to any organization that processes, stores, or transmits payment card data. This includes merchants, payment processors, financial institutions, service providers, and more. Regardless of size, all entities that handle payment card data are subject to PCI DSS requirements. The standard applies to a wide range of industries, from retail and e-commerce to hospitality and healthcare, reflecting the critical need to protect payment data across various sectors. 

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