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Why is PCI DSS Certification worth your time?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is the most widely accepted standard for protecting credit card data. The PCI DSS is a set of requirements that merchants and service providers who accept, process, store or transmit payment card data must follow to reduce their risk of being compromised by cyber criminals. It was designed by the major credit card companies in 2004 as a response to massive data breaches at dozens of major retailers and other businesses.

If you’re a business that handles credit card data, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a must-have. It’s one of the only ways to prove that your company has taken the necessary steps to protect customer data. But if your business isn’t yet certified, or if you’re considering getting certified but aren’t sure it’s worth the effort, here are some reasons why you should consider getting on board:

It’s required by law. If you don’t get pci compliance certified, you can be fined up to $500,000 per incident. That’s no small sum! Plus, if someone’s credit card information gets stolen and used without their permission because of something your company did wrong, those charges could add up quickly—and that doesn’t even count the potential lawsuits from customers who feel like they’ve been wronged. So whether you want to keep things legal or just save money in the long run, getting your certification is an important first step toward reducing your risk for fines and lawsuits down the road.

Your customers will appreciate it. Customers want to know that their information is safe with you—not just legally but also physically. They want to know that their credit card information, medical records, and other personal information is safe from hackers. And if you’re certified as a PCI compliant business, you can prove to them that it is. Your customers will feel more confident doing business with you—and they’ll be less likely to switch to another company if something happens.

Steps involved with Neumetric to obtain PCI DSS Certification

Our customised procedure will help you establish the credibility of your business, become PCI DSS compliant and implement necessary actions in your organisation to get you PCI DSS certified.

Assessment & Identification

Assessment & Identification

Neumetric’s InfoSec team undergoes training from the organisation to understand their business. Once  complete, Neumetric starts creating ISMS policies that are required for the PCI DSS Certification. A Gap Assessment is conducted on the organisation while the ISMS Policies are reviewed and approved by the management. An Implementation Plan is prepared based on the Gaps identified for PCI DSS Compliance.

Key resource planning for certification

Key resource planning for certification

Based on the Implementation Plan, the gaps are remediated and the defined policies and procedural documents are implemented to bring procedural and cultural changes in the organisation. Post implementation, internal audit is conducted to review the closed gaps, newly defined processes and adherence to the PCI standard.

Auditor & Audit handling

Auditor & Audit handling

Audit is scheduled with a reputed certifying body to conduct the external audit. Once they are satisfied with the compliance, PCI DSS Certificate will be issued for the organisation. The external audit is handled by Neumetric’s team of experts who are experienced in managing such audits for various standards and also relevant training is provided to the stakeholders to face the external auditors.

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Benefits you get with Neumetric's PCI DSS Certification Service

It can be difficult to navigate the certification process on your own, but Neumetric offers a comprehensive service that helps you get PCI DSS certified quickly and easily. Our team of experts will work with you every step of the way. Here are some of the benefits of choosing Neumetric to help you get PCI DSS Certified:

  • We'll work with you to develop a compliance plan and certify that our application meets all requirements
  • We'll help you create security policies that are in line with PCI standards
  • We'll help you improve your data security infrastructure by providing best-practice guidance on how to protect customer information
  • We'll assess your current security level and make recommendations for improvement
  • We'll perform a vulnerability assessment and integrate any needed changes into our system
  • We'll train your employees on how to use our application effectively, ensuring they know how to protect customer data when using our services
  • We'll help you create an action plan for ongoing maintenance and improve overall data security across your organization
  • We'll also help you obtain your PCI DSS certification, which can be a lengthy and difficult process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to protect cardholders' data. Any company that stores, processes, or transmits credit card information must be PCI DSS compliant. There are many benefits of PCI DSS certification, including improved data security, reduced fraud costs, and enhanced customer trust. PCI DSS compliance is also a requirement of many credit card companies and banks. If your company accepts credit cards, PCI DSS certification is an important step in ensuring the security of your customers' data.

Neumetric's PCI DSS Certification Process takes 7 - 9 months depending on the size of the organization.

Neumetric offers a wide range of Cyber security compliance and certification services that are not limited to PCI DSS Certification. The other services include ISO 27001 Certification, SOC 2 Report,  ISO 27701 Compliance, HIPAA Compliance, NIST Compliance, CSA Star Compliance and CCPA Compliance.  

Apart from these Neumetric also offers Technical Security Services such as Web and Mobile Application Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing, Cloud and API Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing, etc. 

PCI DSS compliance assessment should be conducted annually.

 

The PCI DSS is a set of guidelines that helps companies adhere to cybersecurity standards in order to prevent data breaches. These standards are determined by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), and they're updated every three years.

 

As such, you'll need to perform an annual assessment of your compliance with these standards in order to ensure that you're doing everything possible to keep your customers' sensitive information safe.

The short answer is yes. If you're a merchant or payment processor, then you're required to have a PCI DSS-compliant security program in place.

If you do not follow these guidelines, you could be subject to fines and penalties. Additionally, if a security breach occurs in your business, then customers may not trust you with their sensitive financial information anymore.

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