The PCI Security Standards Council leads a global cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing flexible, industry-driven and effective payment data security standards and programs.
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council is a global forum that develops, maintains and manages the PCI Security Standards for the protection of payment data.
Our standards cover everything from the point of entry of card data into a system, to how the data is processed through secure payment applications. We seek to protect and educate industry players such as merchants, processors, financial institutions and any other organizations around the world that store, process and transmit cardholder data. The Council works to educate stakeholders about the PCI Security Standards, operates programs to train and qualify security professionals in assessing and achieving compliance with PCI Security Standards, and promotes awareness of the need for payment data security to the public.
The Council’s five founding global payment brands, American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, Mastercard and Visa Inc., have incorporated the PCI DSS as the technical requirements for their data security compliance programs. Each founding member also recognizes the practitioners and companies, Qualified Security Assessors and Approved Scanning Vendors, certified by the PCI Security Standards Council as being qualified to validate compliance to the PCI DSS, making the Council a centralized resource for access to standards and services approved by all five payment brands.