The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to ensure that all companies that accept, process, store, or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. It was established in 2004 by five major credit card companies: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, JCB, and American Express, and is governed by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.

What is the purpose of PCI DSS certificate ?

The primary goal of PCI DSS is to protect sensitive cardholder data and optimize the security of credit, debit, and cash card transactions. It helps businesses minimize the risk of data breaches, fraud, and identity theft. PCI DSS consists of 12 specific requirements divided into six major goals

  1. Build and maintain a secure network and systems.
  2. Protect cardholder data.
  3. Maintain a vulnerability management program.
  4. Implement strong access control measures.
  5. Regularly monitor and test networks.
  6. Maintain an information security policy.

What are some examples of firewalls that can be used to secure credit card transactions?

Firewalls are critical for securing credit card transactions. They act as a barrier between trusted internal networks and untrusted external networks, such as the internet. Here are some examples of firewalls that can be used to secure credit card transactions:

 Corefy’s Firewall: This firewall is an antifraud solution that evaluates each incoming and outgoing transaction in real time based on various attributes. It can interact with external third-party scoring or anti-fraud services to make more accurate transaction decisions. It allows to build own antifraud strategy that is fully manageable and scalable to meet your business needs

 Blocklisting Firewalls: These firewalls prevent transactions that match certain criteria from being processed. For instance, if a customer who has made several fraudulent payments in the past, the organization can add them to your blocklist so that all payments from that customer are rejected

 Machine Learning Firewalls: Machine learning firewalls create algorithms that can automatically make decisions based on the data they’ve learned. The algorithms are trained using historical transaction data and then apply their knowledge to new transactions to predict if they are fraudulent or legitimate. The more historical data you collect, the more precisely the algorithm will classify normal transactions versus those that are likely to be fraudulent.

How ProDash is PCI DSS certified ?

Strict Implementation of PCI-DSS Requirements: These include building and maintaining a secure network and systems, protecting cardholder data, maintaining a vulnerability management program, implementing strong access control measures, regularly monitoring and testing networks, and maintaining an information security policy.

 Computing our PCI Compliance Level: Based on the number of transactions that we processes annually, we have determined our PCI compliance level.

Using Essential Infrastructure Tools: We have prioritized our organizational controls, planning, customer commitment, and basic infrastructure tools such as firewalls, anti-virus, password management, data storage and encryption, identity management, etc.


Conduct a Vulnerability Scan: We constantly carry out vulnerability scans and checks that help us to identify potential risks, loopholes that may create issues in future. The vulnerability scan are conducted once in every once in every month.

Security Awareness Training: We provide regular security awareness training for all employees to educate them on the importance of security and their role in maintaining a secure environment.

Engage Qualified Security Assessors (QSA): We have engaged a team QSA to conduct a formal assessment and validate our compliance.

Creating Secure Network and Systems: We have installed and maintain firewalls to protect cardholder data, and regularly update and patch our systems to address vulnerabilities. We also use strong access controls and authentication mechanisms. Apart from this we have implemented strong encryption mechanisms for data in transit and data at rest. This includes encrypting cardholder data as it is transmitted over networks and stored in databases.