Protecting Cardholder Data with PCI Security Standards

Occasionally, relaxed security by some merchants enables criminals to easily steal and use personal consumer financial information from payment card transactions and processing systems. As a merchant, you are at the center of payment card transactions so it is imperative that you use standard security procedures and technologies to discourage theft of cardholder data.

Merchant-based vulnerabilities may appear almost anywhere in the card-processing ecosystem including point-of-sale devices, personal computers or servers, Web shopping applications, in paper-based storage systems, and unsecured transmission of cardholder data to service providers. Compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) helps to alleviate these vulnerabilities and protect cardholder data.

PCI DSS follows common sense steps that mirror best security practices. PCI DSS and related security standards are administered by the PCI Security Standards Council which was founded by the various credit card associations and card brands. The standards apply to all organizations that store, process or transmit cardholder data. As a merchant who accepts and processes payment cards, you must comply with the PCI DSS.

To fulfill your obligation to become PCI DSS compliant, you are required to take the Self Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and undergo scanning services of your payment network, if applicable. To access both of these services, please click on the link below. We have recently updated the website with a new, user-friendly, easy to use site to help aid you through the PCI process. Merchants that have accessed the website prior to 3/27/12, please log in using your current merchant account number as your Username and your current password. If you have forgotten your password, please click on the link below for assistance with resetting your account. If you are accessing this site for the first time, please follow the simple instructions below to obtain your login information.

If you have questions or need assistance during your compliance process, please contact us at (800) 324-9825 or

Username = Your Merchant Account Number
Password = Last Five Digits of Your Merchant Account Number Followed by (without spaces) Your State Abbreviation. (example: 12345CA)

Click Here to Access SAQ and Scanning Services

Having Trouble with your password? Click here and email us your merchant account number for assistance.

(Please note you will receive a response to your email within 24 hours.)