PCI Hosting Information & Guide

The guide to PCI Compliance and PCI Web Hosting

Understanding the SAQ

The Self-Assessment Questionnaire is an integral tool for finding the PCI compliance services that are applicable to you. Yet, understanding the questionnaire itself can be so confusing that you might wish you had a tour guide. Here’s a few quick tips that can help you better understand the SAQ.

Merchant Levels

If you’re working on PCI compliance, then you’re probably already aware that your merchant level has an impact on which metrics you’re required to meet. One of these procedures is whether or not you should take the SAQ at all. Only some merchants can use this questionnaire as a guide for determining their PCI compliance.

If you’re eligible to use the SAQ, it might surprise you to learn that there’s actually a number of different questionnaires, not just one. Although each questionnaire includes a number of PCI DSS requirements ranging from your physical server to using only PCI compliant web hosting, the specifics are different for each merchant definition.

For example, card-not-present merchants, who outsource all cardholder data functions, will have a different set of rules for achieving compliance compared to merchants who use physical payment terminals. Some processes are fairly straightforward, while others will require a more significant investment.

Staying Safe

Once you’ve filled out the self-assessment questionnaire, you’ll have a much better idea of where you stand in terms of PCI-DSS compliance. If your answers indicate that you need to make some changes to your web hosting in order to become compliant, please don’t hesitate to contact us today for help navigating local PCI compliant providers.