What is PCI compliance and why is it important for eCommerce sellers?

PA-DSS, PA-QSA, PCI Compliant, PCI compliant marketplace, PCI compliant payment bridge, PCI compliant payment gateway, PCI compliant shopping cart, PCI DSSWe’ve received a lot questions from our customers about PCI compliance and what it take to become compliant. Although we’re not experts in compliance laws, we have been working closely with customers and vendors who have gone through the process. PCI compliance can be a complex topic involving many layers of detail. This post provides an overview of what PCI compliance is, how merchants can become compliant, and which eCommerce platforms are compliant.

PCI compliance overview

If you’re selling online and accept debit, credit, prepaid, e-purse, ATM or POS cards as a payment method, you need to understand PCI and comply with PCI DSS. So what exactly is PCI? PCI stands for Payment Cards Industry, and DSS is the Data Security Standard that regulates the way credit card payments are processed to ensure that customers’ card information is secure during the transaction. All merchants that accept credit cards need to be PCI compliant, no matter the size of their business or industry they’re in.