Payment Card Industry
Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

PCI DSS encourages and enhances cardholder data security and the global adoption of consistent data security measures.


What is the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard?

  • Comprises a minimum set of requirements for protecting account data
  • Payment brands define the validation and reporting requirements
  • Applies to all entities involved in payment card processing

PCI DSS is a continuous process of assess, remediate and report. The standard is a vital component of a company's security approach. PCI can be complex to follow, understand and put in place which is where Advantio's expert consultancy can help. Our specialists provide clear guidance and advice on all aspects of the standard. We work with you to plan and implement each step of the process.

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Reduce the costs, time and effort for achieving and maintaining compliance

PCI DSS and Advantio

Advantio promotes a risk-based approach to PCI support by the Card Brands. Our team of QSAs and our customized solutions support and help our customers to monitor their compliance easily and cost-effectively.

  • Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor
  • Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor
  • Point-to-Point Encryption Qualified Security Assessor

Compliance in 3 steps

1st feature PCI DSS Scope Analysis Review

For many organizations it is a challenge to identify which PCI DSS controls are applicable and which systems need to be protected. Before business make changes to protect Cardholder Data (CHD) in a PCI DSS compliant manner, it’s important to understand the scope of the compliance efforts.

Advantio’s PCI DSS Scope Analysis Review (SAR) Report includes:

  • PCI DSS scope description
  • Applicability of scope reduction controls
  • Further optimization for more impact

2nd feature PCI DSS Gap Analysis Review

To achieve PCI DSS compliance, an organization must meet all applicable PCI DSS requirements. Advantio’s PCI DSS Gap Analysis Review defines a realistic and cost-efficient remediation program by helping uncover any security and compliance deficiencies or shortcomings. Our consultants will identify suitable remediation options through products, solutions and outsourcing providers.

Once gaps are uncovered and potential solutions identified, it becomes easier to quantify and estimate the work effort that will be required. Prioritize your effort so the greatest gap can be addressed first.

Advantio’s PCI DSS Preliminary Gap Analysis Review (GAR) Report includes:

  • A detailed gap description and findings
  • Compliance status report
  • PCI DSS compliance project plan

3rd feature PCI DSS Formal Assessment of Compliance

Merchants, Service Providers, Issuers or Acquirers that store, process or transmit payment card information must demonstrate on an annual basis that they comply with the requirements and testing procedures of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

Advantio PCI DSS Formal Assessment of Compliance (FAC), includes:

  • PCI DSS compliance audit report
  • A Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  • Attestation of Compliance (AoC)

PCI DSS in the payment industry

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Our PCI DSS whitepaper

Expert analysis of PCI DSS with a focus on ATM, retail, hospitality and issuer & acquirer environments.


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What our clients say

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“3C Payment has worked together with Advantio for almost 10 years. In that time, Advantio has successfully delivered on 3C’s growth in PCI DSS, P2PE and cyber security. Additionally, 3C has supported Advantio in their path to offer elite PCI & security consultancy. We are happy to continue our collaboration with Advantio's team, as they provide us with a professional, comprehensive service.”

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