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PCI DSS audit, or the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, is a set of requirements designed to protect credit and debit card information from being compromised by businesses. The PCI compliance Security Council issues these requirements to help organizations minimize their risk of data theft and financial fraud. All businesses that handle, transmit, or store payment card data must comply with the PCI DSS compliance services. Noncompliance can result in significant financial penalties.

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This self-assessment questionnaire is not applicable for face-to-face channels... and is to be completed by merchants who deal with ‘card not present’ transactions i.e. e-Commerce, mail or telephone order. If your organization has outsourced all cardholder functions to PCI DSS compliant third-party service providers and does not electronically store, process or transmit cardholder data on your systems or premises, this SAQ is the right one for you. (Not applicable for Face to Face channels) Read more


The ‘A-EP’ selfassessment questionnaire is similar to SAQ A but refers... to merchants who outsource all payment processing to PCI DSS validated third parties, and who have a website(s) that doesn’t directly receive cardholder data but that can impact the security of the payment transaction. (Applicable to only e-Commerce channels) Read more


This self-assessment questionnaire is applicable to merchants who... use only; imprint machines and/or standalone, dial-out terminals and have no electronic cardholder data transmission, processing and storage. (Not applicable to e-Commerce channels) Read more


The B-IP self-assessment questionnaire is applicable to all ...merchants who only utilise standalone, PTS-approved payment terminals with an IP connection to the payment processor, with no electronic cardholder data storage. This questionnaire covers terminals that are network-based whereas SAQ B is for terminals that transmit data through dial-up. (Not applicable to e-Commerce channels) Read more


This self-assessment questionnaire is designed for merchants who manually enter a single ...transaction at a time via a keyboard into an Internet-based virtual terminal solution that is provided and hosted by a PCI DSS validated third-party service provider. These merchants also do not store any cardholder data. (Not applicable to e-Commerce channels) Read more


For merchants with payment application systems connected to the Internet, and... who don’t store any cardholder data electronically. (Not applicable to e-Commerce channels) Read more


This self-assessment questionnaire is dedicated for merchants who use approved point-to-point encryption... (P2PE) devices, with no electronic card data storage. P2PE stands for point-to-point encryption, which uses specially-approved devices to capture and encrypt cardholder data before that data ever enters a merchant's computer network. (Not applicable to e-Commerce channels) Read more

SAQ D (For Merchants)

This is a self-assessment questionnaire for merchants who are... not described in the above types of SAQs. Read more

SAQ D (All service providers defined by a payment brand as eligible to complete a SAQ)

This is a self-assessment questionnaire for service providers who are not... described in the above types of SAQs. Read more

Compliance audit - Level 1

Merchants with over 6 million transactions a year, across ...all channels. Read more

Compliance audit - Level 2

Merchants with between 1 million and 6 million transactions ...annually, across all channels. Read more

Compliance audit - Level 3

Merchants with between 20,000 and 1 million online ...transactions annually. Read more

Compliance audit - Level 4

Merchants with fewer than 20,000 online transactions annually or any merchant ... that processes up to 1 million regular transactions per year. Read more

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"Accorp has helped us to become PCI compliant and to securely onboard and manage our customer's payment data. We're very happy with the service and would recommend them to anyone looking for a best-in-class payments solution."

Global Head of Audit and Compliance,IT Company, Belgium

"Accorp has been instrumental in helping us to secure our customer data and to PCI Compliance. Their ability to provide a complete solution for payment acceptance and movement providers has been key to our success."

Chief Financial Officer,HR& Payroll Company, USA

"Accorp is the best PCI compliance provider I have worked with. They are always willing to help and are very knowledgeable about their products. Their customer data onboarding and management system is easy to use and helps keep our payments and customer data safe."

Chief Technology Officer,Research Company, Canada

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How frequently do I need to undergo PCI DSS audits?
PCI DSS audits are typically required on an annual basis. However, the specific frequency can vary based on factors such as your transaction volume and risk level. It's essential to stay updated with the latest requirements to ensure timely compliance.
What is the key to passing a PCI compliance scan?**
Passing a PCI compliance scan involves implementing security controls that align with the PCI DSS requirements. Regularly assess your systems, network, and applications for vulnerabilities, promptly address any findings, and maintain proper documentation to demonstrate compliance.
Who is obligated to achieve PCI compliance?**
Any organization that processes, stores, or transmits payment card data is required to become PCI compliant. This includes merchants, service providers, financial institutions, and other entities involved in payment card transactions.
What is a PCI compliance certificate?
A PCI compliance certificate is an official document provided to organizations that have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). It serves as proof that your organization adheres to the required security controls and practices.
What steps should I take to achieve PCI compliance?**
Achieving PCI compliance involves several key steps, including assessing your cardholder data environment, implementing necessary security controls, conducting regular security testing, and submitting compliance reports to relevant stakeholders.es for safeguarding electronic health information. Compliance aligns with cybersecurity practices to prevent data breaches.
Is PCI compliance a one-time effort?
No, PCI compliance is an ongoing commitment. Security threats evolve, and the payment card industry standards are updated. Regularly assess and update your security measures to adapt to new risks and maintain your compliance status.
What are the consequences of non-compliance with PCI DSS?**
Non-compliance with PCI DSS can lead to severe consequences, including financial penalties, increased transaction fees, reputational damage, and even the loss of the ability to process payment card transactions.
Can I outsource my PCI compliance efforts?
Yes, many organizations choose to work with Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) and third-party assessors to navigate the complexities of PCI compliance. Outsourcing can provide expert guidance and ensure accurate assessment.
What types of security controls are required for PCI compliance?**
PCI DSS requires a range of security controls, including encryption of sensitive data, network segmentation, regular vulnerability assessments, access controls, and security awareness training for employees.
Is PCI compliance the same for all types of organizations?**
The specific requirements for PCI compliance can vary based on the size, scope, and nature of your organization's payment card processing activities. Ensuring compliance is tailored to your unique situation and risk profile.

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Accorp Medical Services, a leading healthcare provider, recognized the critical importance of protecting patient health information to maintain trust and compliance with HIPAA regulations.

Accorp Partners initiated a comprehensive assessment, mapping the client's payment data environment against the 12 PCI DSS requirements.

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