PCI DSS Certification

Securing credit card information is of paramount importance in today's digital age where financial transactions are increasingly conducted online. As consumers entrust their sensitive payment data to businesses, ensuring the protection of credit card information becomes a critical priority. Unauthorized access or breaches can have severe consequences, including financial loss, reputational damage, and legal liabilities.

What is PCI DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to ensure that all companies that accept, process, store, or transmit credit card information, maintain a secure environment.

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) was launched on September 7, 2006, to manage the ongoing evolution of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards with a focus on improving payment account security throughout the transaction process. The PCI DSS is administered and managed by the PCI SSC (www.pcisecuritystandards.org), an independent body that was created by the major payment card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB.). 

To whom does the PCI DSS apply?

The PCI DSS applies to ANY organization, regardless of size or number of transactions, that accepts, transmits, or stores any cardholder data. So, of course, BPOs, outsourcing service providers, and call centers are especially included!

Obtaining PCI DSS certification is a significant achievement for any organization that handles payment card information. It demonstrates that the company has implemented robust security measures to protect sensitive cardholder data and is committed to maintaining those measures over time.

How can you achieve PCI DSS certification?

To achieve PCI DSS compliance, companies must implement a set of security controls and procedures designed to protect payment card information. These controls and procedures are specified in the PCI DSS standard, which outlines requirements in areas such as network security, access control, and data encryption.


What are the phases for the assessment process?

The assessment process involves several stages, including:


This involves defining the scope of the assessment, which typically includes all systems and processes that store, process, or transmit payment card data.

2. Gap Analysis

This involves identifying any gaps between the company's current security controls and the PCI DSS requirements. Any gaps that are identified must be addressed before the company can become compliant.

3. Remediation

This stage is about implementing security controls and procedures to address any gaps that were identified during the gap analysis.

4. Assessment

This involves an independent assessment of the company's security controls and procedures against the PCI DSS requirements.

5. Certification

If the company's security controls and procedures meet all of the PCI DSS requirements, the QSA will issue a certification stating that the company is PCI DSS compliant.

What are the official requirements for the PCI DSS Compliance?

There are 12 requirements for obtaining the PCI DSS Compliance.

1.Use and Maintain Firewalls

Install and maintain firewalls to protect your network from unauthorized access.

2. Proper Password Protections

Use strong passwords and change them regularly. Don't use default passwords.

3. Protect Cardholder Data

Keep cardholder data storage to a minimum and protect it at all times. Do not store sensitive authentication data after authorization.

4. Encrypt Transmitted Data 

Use strong encryption methods to protect cardholder data during transmission over public networks.

5. Use and Maintain Anti-Virus

Install and regularly update anti-virus software to protect against malicious software.

6. Properly Updated Software 

Ensure that all software is up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates.

7. Restrict Data Access 

Limit access to cardholder data on a need-to-know basis. Use role-based access controls to restrict access.

8. Unique IDs for Access: 

Assign a unique ID to each user with access to cardholder data.

9. Restrict Physical Access

Protect cardholder data by restricting physical access to data storage and processing areas.

10. Create and Maintain Access Logs

Keep detailed records of all access to cardholder data, including user activity and system activity logs.

11. Scan and Test for Vulnerabilities

Regularly scan and test for vulnerabilities in your network and systems.

12. Document Policies

Create and maintain comprehensive security policies and procedures and ensure that they are communicated to all relevant personnel.

By complying with these 12 requirements, the organization is taking the necessary steps to protect cardholder data and maintain a secure network. PCI DSS compliance is not a one-time event but a continuous process, and it is important to regularly review and update security measures to stay ahead of emerging threats.

What are the PCI DSS Compliance Levels?

PCI DSS compliance levels are classifications that determine the requirements and validation processes for businesses based on their annual volume of credit card transactions. These levels are established by the major card brands (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and JCB) to ensure consistent security measures across the payment card industry. The PCI DSS compliance levels are as follows:

  • Level 1

This is the highest compliance level and applies to businesses that process over 6 million card transactions annually, or those identified as high-risk entities by the card brands. Level 1 merchants must undergo an annual on-site assessment by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and submit a Report on Compliance (ROC) to the card brands.

  • Level 2

Level 2 applies to businesses that process between 1 million and 6 million card transactions annually. These merchants must complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) annually, conduct quarterly vulnerability scans by an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), and submit an Attestation of Compliance (AOC) to their acquiring bank.

  • Level 3

This level applies to businesses that process between 20,000 and 1 million e-commerce transactions annually. Level 3 merchants must complete an SAQ annually and conduct quarterly vulnerability scans by an ASV. They also submit an AOC to their acquiring bank.

  • Level 4

This level applies to businesses that process fewer than 20,000 e-commerce transactions annually or up to 1 million card transactions annually through other channels. Level 4 merchants must complete an SAQ annually and may need to perform quarterly vulnerability scans based on their acquiring bank's requirements.

It's important to note that the specific validation requirements may vary based on the card brand and the merchant's acquirer (the financial institution that enables card payments). Merchants should consult with their acquirer to determine the appropriate compliance level and corresponding validation requirements.

PCI DSS & We Are Fiber

We Are Fiber is proud to announce that it holds the PCI DSS compliance certification, which is a testament to our unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of data security in our call center and BPO outsourcing services.

How did We Are Fiber obtained this certification?
  • Protection of sensitive payment card information

At We Are Fiber, we understand the critical importance of protecting sensitive payment card information. As a trusted provider of customer care services, we recognize that our clients depend on us to safeguard their customers' payment data. With our PCI DSS compliance certification, our customers can be assured that we are following the strictest security protocols and procedures to keep their customers' payment data safe and secure.

  • High quality fo customer care services

In addition to our commitment to data security, We Are Fiber also takes pride in the quality of our customer care services. Our teams of highly skilled professionals are dedicated to providing top-notch customer care services that meet the highest standards of quality. We believe that customer satisfaction is the key to success, and we strive to ensure that our clients' customers are satisfied with every interaction.

  • Regular quality audits of our operations

To ensure that we are consistently providing high-quality customer care services, we conduct regular quality audits of our operations. These audits allow us to identify areas for improvement and implement changes to enhance our services continually. Our commitment to quality is also reflected in our ISO 9001:2015 certification, which demonstrates our adherence to a rigorous quality management system.

A few last words…

We believe that data security and quality customer care are essential components of our call center and BPO outsourcing services. Our PCI DSS compliance certification and other important certifications such as ISO 9001:2015 are proof of our commitment to providing our clients with exceptional services that meet the highest standards of security and quality.

We Are Fiber will continue to prioritize data security and quality customer care in all our operations. We are committed to meeting the evolving needs of our clients and providing them with exceptional services that exceed their expectations.


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