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PCI DSS Compliance

Certification of mechants & service providers to meet PCI DSS Standards

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to ensure that ALL companies that accept, process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.

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Vectra specialises in all aspects of PCI DSS compliance including assessments, penetration testing and requirement validation for all types of businesses. We launched our payment card related security compliance services in 2004 through programs with Visa and MasterCard. We then became the first Australian company to be certified as a QSA Company (QSAC) by the PCI Security Standards Council when it was formed in 2006. Since that time we’ve assisted thousands of organisations of all sizes in sectors including retail, financial services, insurance, transport, banking, credit unions, building societies, utilities, gaming and third party hosting and service providers.

What is PCI DSS Compliance?

Every organisation that stores, processes or handles payment card data is required to be Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard compliant. This standard was designed to increase cardholder data protection to dramatically reduce credit card fraud.

How does a business become compliant?

Compliance reporting for small merchants can be as simple as completing a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) while for larger merchants and third party service providers, annual assessments must be conducted by a QSA Company. If you have internet facing IP addresses you must conduct network vulnerability scanning utilising an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) certified by the PCI Security Standards Council.

How often does compliance need to be validated?

To meet merchant agreements and avoid penalties, acquiring banks will seek PCI DSS compliance reporting on an annual basis and in some cases, on a quarterly basis.

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Vectra PCI DSS Compliance and PCI Assessment Services

PCI Gap Assessment

Payment card industry merchants can prepare for PCI DSS compliance by undertaking a PCI gap assessment. This type of assessment helps to identify, analyse and document any areas of non-compliance with the Payment Card Industry Standard so that the merchant can remediate any issues prior to applying for a PCI DSS compliance assessment.

ASV Scanning Services

ASV (Approved Scanning Vendor) Vulnerability Scanning is a quarterly requirement for many organisations as part of the requirements to maintain their PCI DSS Compliance. Vectra provides a web based portal that can be easily configured to automate the scanning process as required by PCI DSS, or can allow scans to be run on an ad-hoc basis when required.

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