PCI compliance refers to meeting the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, a must when an independent school (or any merchant) accepts credit or debit cards for payments.

Once implemented, maintaining PCI compliance is an ongoing effort, and for many schools, PCI compliance can be confusing.  Unlike major retail stores, few independent schools have a culture of PCI awareness.  It’s common for a business officer to be unfamiliar with what it takes to achieve or maintain compliance.  Schools need comprehensive information about PCI rules and guidance in implementing and maintaining them.  Diamond Mind is here to help.

As part of our mission to assist independent schools with payment acceptance, one of our goals is to provide clients with a clear understanding of PCI responsibilities.  We’d like to share with you a practical step-by-step plan for achieving PCI DSS compliance, which includes and explanation of the dependencies between your school, your vendors, and your ability to achieve compliance.

By downloading the information available above, you will learn more regarding:

  • Determining Your Scope
  • Choosing the Right SAQ (Self Assessment Questionnaire)
  • How to Conduct a GAP Assessment
  • Compare your Environment to the PCI Standard
  • Engaging a QSA (Qualified Security Assessor)
  • Quarterly Scan Requirements
  • Most Common PCI DSS Vulnerabilities
  • And more

There’s also information how to build and maintain a secure network, protect cardholder data, maintain a vulnerability management program, test networks, and maintain an information security policy.  We’ll also share information on TrustWave, Diamond Mind’s Threat, Vulnerability, and Compliance Management Partner.

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That’s a lot all at once!  Feeling overwhelmed about PCI compliance?  Don’t worry.  Diamond Mind helps schools deal with these matters every day, and we’d like to help you too.  If you have questions regarding PCI compliance or any other matter regarding electronic payment acceptance at your school, call Diamond Mind at 888 566 0945 or info@diamondmindinc.com.  Our school payment experts are qualified in helping schools like yours, and there’s no obligation.  We look forward to hearing from you!