Here are some important links:


Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council

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

PCI Document Library

The PCI Security Standards Council offers robust and comprehensive standards and supporting materials to enhance payment card data security. These materials include a framework of specifications, tools, measurements and support resources to help organizations ensure the safe handling of cardholder information at every step.

List of PCI Validated Payment Applications

The specific versions of the applications identified on the following List of Validated Payment Applications (Application List) have been assessed for compliance with the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). Only the specific versions that appear in the Application List have been evaluated and determined to comply with PA-DSS.

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team

Established in 2003 to protect the nation's Internet infrastructure, US-CERT coordinates defense against and responses to cyber attacks across the nation.

National Vulnerability Database

NVD is the U.S. government repository of standards based vulnerability management data represented using the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). This data enables automation of vulnerability management, security measurement, and compliance.

American Express

Compromised data negatively impacts consumers, merchants, and card issuers. Even one incident can severely damage a company's reputation and impair its ability to effectively conduct business. Addressing this threat by implementing the American Express Data Security Operating Policy can help improve customer trust, and has the potential to increase profitability as well as enhance a company's reputation. Your customers can feel more secure and so can you.


Data security is a top priority for Discover. The Discover Information Security & Compliance (DISC) program was developed to implement and maintain efficient data security requirements and procedures for its constituents and promote the adoption of secure transaction processing of cardholder data on the Discover network.

JCB Bankcard

JCB implements the PCIDSS standard to protect JCB cardholders account and transactioncardmember information. JCB recommends that every merchant and payment processor handling JCB card data fulfill the security requirements stipulated by PCIDSS.


the MasterCard SDP Program is designed to help members, merchants and Service Providers - Third Party Processors (TPPs) and Data Storage Entities (DSEs) - proactively protect themselves and the overall payment system against the threat of compromises.

Visa Inc. - United States

Visa aims to secure Visa cardholder data wherever it resides, requiring that members, merchants, and service providers maintain the highest information security standards.

Visa Inc. - Canada

The Visa AIS Program addresses essential system-wide security issues, and provides a proven, cost-effective methodology and documentation with which immediate improvements can be made with respect to the integrity of operations.

Visa Inc. - Latin America & Caribbean

El objetivo del programa AIS es el de proteger la información de los Tarjetahabientes, sin importar donde se encuentre, asegurando que los Bancos, comercios y proveedores de servicios mantengan las normas más altas de seguridad de la información.

Visa Inc. - Central Europe, Middle East, & Africa

Account Information Security (AIS) is a globally mandated program that was designed to help merchants and payment service providers improve their data security measures in order to safeguard Visa cardholder account and transaction information.

Visa Eurpoe

Visa Europe has adopted the PCI DSS to ensure that valuable cardholder account data is always secure. It is intended for any organisation that stores, transmits or processes cardholder account and transaction data.

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