PCI DSS Compliance

PCI Compliance Consultancy, security testing and assessments

Any organisation that handles online payments needs to make sure that IT security, risk management and regulatory compliance are at the top of its agenda. But IT security is a notoriously fast-moving industry, and the payments regulatory landscape can be bewildering.

As a fully certified PCI DSS level 1 payment service provider, Secure Trading guarantees PCI compliance across our payment gateway services, but what about within your business itself?

Our sister company, Cognosec, is a governance, risk, compliance and security specialist, and a world-leading Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV). Whether you require a full suite of security testing and scanning services, or simply advice on how to self-assess your PCI DSS compliance levels, together we can help.


PCI DSS is a set of comprehensive and universal security standards for all organisations handling cardholder data. Consumers are increasingly aware not only of the existence of PCI DSS but also of the protection it gives them when shopping online. There are twelve specific requirements and procedures for attaining PCI DSS compliance, split across six areas:

Goals PCI DSS Requirements
Build and Maintain a Secure Network
  1. Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data
  2. Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters
Protect Cardholder Data
  1. Protect stored cardholder data
  2. Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
  1. Use and regularly update anti-virus software or programs
  2. Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
Implement Strong Access Control Measures
  1. Restrict access to cardholder data by business need to know
  2. Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access
  3. Restrict physical access to cardholder data
Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
  1. Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
  2. Regularly test security systems and processes
Maintain an Information Security Policy
  1. Maintain a policy that addresses information security for all personnel