Confused by PCI Compliance?
A recent article by Pedro Pereira in
Business Solutions” magazine provides
helpful advice to those who accept credit card payments from customers. PCI stands for Payment Card Industry. Mr. Pereira points out that PCI guidelines “…cover such things as encryption, storage, network firewalls, cardholder data access restrictions, and tracking and monitoring of access to the data.”
As the article mentions, there is a common misperception that merchants and other organizations that do not store credit card data have nothing to be concerned about vis-à-vis PCI compliance. Not true! The regulations are less burdensome, but ignoring them leaves you vulnerable. This is particularly true where credit card transactions are conducted using mobile devices.
Where can you turn for advice? Contact your credit card processor. Ask them to review your procedures and to recommend measures that will assure that you are in compliance. You may think that because you took this step a year or two ago, you are covered. Things change in the credit card world. Investing a little time now could save you a great deal of time and money down the road.
Making Attendee Data Safe
In the events industry, it is important for show managers to collect registration payments following proper guidelines to prevent credit card fraud and to securely protect attendees’ information. All vendors that show managers select for exhibitor services must be aware of potential security vulnerabilities and threats or they risk losing the ability to process credit card payments.
Bartizan offers PCI Level 1 compliant online event registration. Bartizan's platform has been rated PCI Level 1 complaint for 5 straight years. Level 1 is the highest level of PCI security available so you can trust that every possible precaution has been taken to insure your information is safe and secure.