30 Days of IT Compliance Q&A #2: Does My Company Have to Comply with the PCI DSS Mandate?

The PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) was founded by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover in 2004 to ensure that merchants meet minimum levels of security when they store, process and transmit cardholder data.

PCI applies to ALL organizations or merchants, regardless of size or number of transactions, that accept, transmit or store any cardholder data.

The PCI Standards Council has created a comprehensive and easy to use website which clearly spells out compliance mandates and provides merchants with resources to be compliant.

According to the PCI Standards Council, all merchants will fall into one of the four merchant levels based on Visa transaction volume over a 12-month period:


Merchant Level Description
1 Any merchant — regardless of acceptance channel — processing over 6M Visa transactions per year. Any merchant that Visa, at its sole discretion, determines should meet the Level 1 merchant requirements to minimize risk to the Visa system.
2 Any merchant — regardless of acceptance channel — processing 1M to 6M Visa transactions per year.
3 Any merchant processing 20,000 to 1M Visa e-commerce transactions per year.
4 Visa e-commerce transactions per year, and all other merchants — regardless of acceptance channel — processing up to 1M Visa transactions per year.

Want some more information about how the PCI mandate applies to your company? Check out these resources: 

  • PCI Security Standards Council website
  • PCI Standards Overview
  • PCI FAQs
  • PCI Merchant Blog



Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone Marta Stone

Try AccelOps FREE for 30 Days


Get a Live Product Demo



cloud security big data RSA analytics compliance Q&A PCI DSS HIPAA Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Target breach

About Accelops

AccelOps provides analytics-driven IT Operations Management for cloud and virtualized infrastructures. The virtual appliance software manages security, network performance and compliance, all on a single screen. AccelOps automatically discovers, analyzes and automates IT issues in machine and big data across organizations’ data centers and cloud resources, spanning servers, storage, networks, security,applications and users.

Keep Social

twitter facebook linkedin