Because of the increase in credit card fraud and identity theft the major credit card companies, Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover created the PCI Security Standards Council. Through this council they've created a set of standards that all business are being required to follow as they process credit cards. This process is known as PCI-DSS Compliance. I will share a few steps to help you become PCI Compliant.
The first thing you need to do to become compliant is to call a Scan Vendor approved by the PCI Security Standards Council. The world leader is a company called Security Metrics. You can get in touch directly with them by calling 801-995-6439 and asking for assistance with PCI Compliance.
When you do call in you will need to have your merchant ID number available, the business phone number and a contact name or business name can be helpful too. This will allow their compliance consultants (CC) to look up your business faster. Once your information is found your CC will be able to assist you, by asking you a series of questions.
They will ask you questions to determine which of the standards apply to you and then after they do this they will tell you what you will need to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. All merchants who process credit cards have to become PCI Compliant and many of them are already incurring non-compliance fees.
The credit card companies want credit card fraud to stop and so they want all businesses to educate themselves on safer practices when processing customer credit cards. Security Metrics provides online PCI self-assessment questionnaires and quarterly network scans (if applicable). They take the guess work out of this process. This is how to become PCI Compliant