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Would it benefit you, to dramatically improve overall Customer Experience, while driving better business decisions and delivering more revenue to the bottom line?   If, yes, we should talk about it.



PCI ComplianceThe Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements designed to ensure that ALL companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.


The PCI DSS is administered and managed by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC), an independent body that was created by the major payment card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB.).



Regardless of size or number of transactions, all merchants that accept, transmit or store any cardholder data must comply with the PCI DSS.


Merchants that do not comply with PCI DSS may be subject to fines, card replacement costs, costly forensic audits, brand damage, etc., in the event a breach may occur.


PCI Compliance


PCI 1-2-3. A Simpler Way to PCI Compliance


The thought of losing or compromising a shopper’s personal information is a critical concern of retailers. It makes shoppers reluctant to buy which costs retailers business. It’s also a top issue for the credit card brands, which lose more than $1 billion a year to card fraud. The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (an organization formed by the card brands) created the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) to help merchants proactively protect customer account data.


Any merchant or service provider that stores, processes or transmits customer account  data must comply with the PCI DSS controls and processes. If you don’t, you risk costly fines, audit costs, restrictions or worse should a breach occur.


Achieving PCI compliance is easy as 1-2-3.


ControlScan makes it easier to meet PCI requirements and protect your customers’ important information. ControlScan's PCI 1-2-3 compliance solution, available online via a merchant portal called, provides you with the leading tools and support necessary to analyze, remediate and validate PCI compliance at an affordable rate, including:


1. SmartSAQ

An intuitive, engaging user interface, with simplified SAQ questions that are presented in a logical order

Easy-to-understand help-text with pictures that clearly illustrate and explain key concepts

The ability to complete all or any part of the SAQ and apply responses to affiliate businesses

A faster SAQ completion and revalidation process, saving time and eliminating frustration

2. SmartScan

External vulnerability scans that check for cross-site scripting, SQL injection, remote file inclusion and many other application and network-based vulnerabilities

Scan reports that meet the Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) Program Guide requirements

Vulnerabilities prioritized by severity

Detailed instructions for correcting identified problems

3. PCI 1-2-3 Policy Builder

A set of custom security policies, powered by the Unified Compliance Framework (UCF), a leading provider of IT compliance, governance and regulatory content

Policy templates that are automatically generated based on the way you process payment cards, making it easy for you to comply with this specific PCI DSS requirement 

4. PCI 1-2-3 Security Awareness Training

On-demand security training delivered in a non-technical, easy-to-consume manner which satisfies the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) security awareness requirement. Benefits include the following:


Equips you with a solution to combat the second leading cause of breaches, the mishandling of sensitive information; delivered via on-demand video or as a downloadable file

Allows you to satisfy the PCI DSS requirement for a formal security awareness program (and affirmatively answer the SAQ question, “Is a formal security awareness program in place to make all employees aware of the importance of cardholder data security?”)

Eliminates the need to purchase a costly security awareness training program from a third-party vendor

5. Personal Touch Support

ControlScan's support team is staffed by professionals with expertise in the PCI DSS.  Our team has years of experience working with small merchants. This deep knowledge of PCI and understanding of how small businesses operate allows ControlScan to provide you with clarification of the PCI compliance requirements in terms that make sense to you. Support is available via telephone, email or online chat.


ControlScan's PCI 1-2-3 compliance solutions are delivered as an on-demand subscription service via the Web, so you are able to start your compliance efforts immediately. ControlScan offers the most comprehensive PCI compliance solution at a great value. Make sure you are PCI compliant – we can help simplify the process for you with PCI 1-2-3 compliance solutions. Our helpful support staff is also standing by to give you personalized assistance.