PCI (Payment Card Industry) Standards


In 2006, with the proliferation of the use of Internet Based Credit Card processing among merchants, the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was developed. Subsequently, the PCI standards have been amended several times, and our belief is that changes to these standards will continue to take place over coming years.

CC Productions is a long-time member of the Retail Systems Providers Association (see www.gorspa.org) , a non-profit POS-industry organization with goal of assisting its members by developing industry "best practices". The RSPA has developed the following video to assist


As the above video demonstrates, PCI DSS is a comprehensive set of security requirements agreed upon by members of the PCI Security Standards Council, and intended to provide protection for consumer payment account data. The PCI Security Standards Council consists of leaders from the payment industry including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB International. The Payment Application- Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) is the Council-managed program formerly under the supervision of the Visa Inc. program known as the Payment Application Best Practices (PABP). The goal of the PA-DSS is to help restaurants, software vendors and others protect cardholder data.

Both the PCI DSS and PA-DSS include requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design, Anti-Virus software, Firewalls and other critical protective measures. These standards are intended to help restaurants and software vendors proactively protect consumer account data.

At the core of the PCI DSS and PA-DSS are a group of principles and accompanying requirements, around which the specific elements of the DSS are organized. CC Productions considers the protection and integrity of payment information to be of the highest importance and takes the security around this data very seriously. It has taken measures and provides solutions to assist the restaurant to be PCI compliant. However, merchants need to understand that the PCI Certified products and services provided by CC Productions only a portion of the PCI compliance solution. 

For more information about the PCI DSS and PA-DSS, visit www.PCIsecuritystandards.org.