PCI Hosting Information & Guide

The guide to PCI Compliance and PCI Web Hosting

Planning Ahead for PCI Compliance

The Internet has made it easier than ever to start your own company right from the comfort of your living room couch, and all you have to do is accept credit card payments online. Yet, the second you start processing cardholder data, you’re bound by the PCI-DSS guidelines. How can you be sure that you’re not missing any requirements for PCI compliance services? The answer is simple: plan ahead from the start.

Looking Forward

If you know that you’ll be running a business where you’ll be accepting credit card payments, or other payment transmissions via mobile device or tablet, the best thing you can do for company is to start planning ahead. Any form of processing, transmitting or storing cardholder data puts you under the jurisdiction of the PCI-DSS guidelines. As a merchant, even conducting a very small amount of business, it is your responsibility to provide a secure platform for all your transactions.

To start, you’ll need a PCI compliant hosting provider to host your site; this ensures that your provider is already familiar with the PCI-DSS guidelines that you’ll need to follow. Also remember that just having a provider who says they’re compliant doesn’t mean that the responsibility is out of your hands. Instead, you’ll still want to verify their credentials, both for your own sake and the sake of your future customers.

The real expenses in PCI compliance lie in scrambling to update equipment and processes that have been around since before the compliance guidelines went into effect. For new companies that incorporate the PCI-DSS guidelines into their business as they grow, compliance should be a snap.

Contact Us today for help in choosing a PCI compliant web host, a key piece of any successful PCI compliance program for online businesses.