By: Margaret Payne
Junior Product Marketing Manager
Unfortunately, data security breaches are in the news with increasing frequency and they often center on reports of credit card numbers being stolen. Now, more than ever, breeches can happen to any business which processes payments online, by mail or in person regardless of the size.
To help with this growing threat, the major credit card brands (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and JCB) created the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) council. The PCI council has established a standard set of requirements to educate business owners on the best practices to help protect them and their business.
In order to help you safeguard your business, ABC Financial launched the ABC Financial PCI DSS program with our data security partner, Trustwave, a leading provider of security services and PCI DSS compliance validation tools for merchants. This validation consists of completing an annual Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and vulnerability scan (only if your business type requires scanning).
A letter was recently sent to the clubs to help owners better understand the new policies and procedures that will be implemented starting February 1, 2013. The letter contains information on how to get started with Trustwave and your current MID (merchant identification) number. If you are ready to start today and have not received the letter, please email ABC Financial at PCI@abcfinancial.com with your name and club number. Once you receive the necessary information please use the link, portal.trustwave.com/abcfinancial to get started with Trustwave.
For questions about the program or your current status, please call Trustwave at 877-815-3414 or email ABC Financial at PCI@abcfinancial.com.
Thank you for taking action to protect the cardholder data you process daily in 2013!
Below are educational materials and resources to provide additional information regarding PCI, our partner Trustwave and ways to minimize fraud.