TCT’s Ultimate Guide to PCI DSS Certification

PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a cybersecurity standard that’s used by those exposed to cardholder data around the world to protect cardholder data. The latest version of PCI DSS is v. 4.0, which was released in March 2023.

PCI DSS is recognized as one of the most rigorous (and prescriptive) security standards available. For that reason, TCT often recommends that organizations become compliant under this standard, whether they’re exposed to credit card data or not. 

Looking for guidance on understanding and implementing PCI DSS? You’ve come to the right place. This guide will give you the basics of PCI and help you figure out how to make your certification journey as simple as possible.

What Is PCI DSS 4.0?

PCI DSS 4.0 was the standard’s first major release in xx years, and many of the changes in this update are significant. Among the most notable modifications are 50+ new requirements, the option for a risk-based approach, new interview requirements, and a customized approach option.

PCI dashboard in the TCT Portal

PCI and Other Compliance Standards

For many organizations, PCI DSS is just the tip of the iceberg. You may have multiple certifications that your company is going up against. Fortunately, being PCI compliant can help you manage multiple certifications. Here’s how to do it without losing your mind.

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Assessment and Certification for PCI

Are you ready for your PCI Qualified Security Assessor to come in and assess your organization? If you don’t have all your ducks in a row, your on-site visit can be a grueling experience. Here’s how to go into your annual assessment with confidence.

Maintaining PCI Compliance

Congratulations, you’ve just become certified under PCI DSS! Now the hard work begins. Achieving PCI compliance is just the beginning of a journey that doesn’t end. You also have to maintain compliance with PCI DSS on an ongoing basis. Here’s how to do it successfully while minimizing your effort.

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