Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

The PCI Security Standards Council is a global forum for the ongoing development, enhancement, storage, dissemination, and implementation of security standards for account data protection.

The PCI DSS is a set of requirements for enhancing security of payment customer account data. It was developed to help facilitate global adoption of consistent data security measures. PCI DSS includes requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design, and other critical protective measures. The guidance states that third-party service providers are responsible for demonstrating their PCI DSS through an annual assessment or multiple on-demand assessments.