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The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) was launched on September 7, 2006 to manage the ongoing evolution of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards with focus on improving payment account security throughout the transaction process. Clemson University has always adhered to the highest standards when it comes to protecting sensitive data. Payment card data is highly sensitive and therefore must meet these compliance standards.
The major credit card companies (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) came together and published a uniform set of data security standards that ALL merchants (i.e. CU Departments) must comply with in connection with the acceptance of payment cards. These new standards are called Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards or PCI DSS. These standards have placed additional responsibilities on CU departments in connection with acceptance of payment cards.
Complying with PCI DSS is not an option. Clemson University must comply in order to be approved for financial transactions and continue to accept payment cards.
Noncompliance with these standards puts Clemson University at risk for:
For large organizations like Clemson University PCI compliance presents unique issues. With both online and offline card processing growing, a focus on PCI compliance is necessary. Clemson University is vigilant toward this focus.
Compliance is a challenge, but it is one that Clemson University is meeting and will continue to meet. If you have any questions or recognize you may have some compliance issues, please email Cathy Freeman or call 864- 656-0530. She will be able to meet with you and address any concerns you may have in-person or through means the department finds necessary. Also, visiting the PCI Compliance website is recommended to find additional information on PCI DSS.
Below are steps that each department must take to insure card processing safety at Clemson University.
For additional guidance, please refer to the Payment Cardholder Data Processing and Handling Policy. Please call Cash and Treasury Services if you have any questions at 864-656-0530.