What does being "PCI compliant" mean?

PCI DSS stands for Payment Cards Industry Data Security Standards. They are a global set of security standards adopted by the major card schemes (such as Visa and Mastercard) that you must comply with in order to process card payments. If you are PCI DSS compliant, it means you are implementing the necessary controls in order to maintain a secure environment for cardholders' data. Merchants need to comply with PCI DSS at all times and can validate their compliance by completing an SAQ-A.

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