Introduction to PCI DSS

The primary objective of the PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is to help merchants improve the safekeeping of cardholder information by tightening their overall security standards, which in turn reduces their chances of experiencing security breaches, fraud, and potential catastrophic financial losses.

To demonstrate compliance with certain PCI DSS, the university conducts regular tests to help identify vulnerabilities within its website and technological infrastructures. Test results provide valuable information to protect the university against Internet attacks. Credit card merchants are required to demonstrate their own PCI DSS compliance through an annual self-assessment questionnaire and compliance certification. The Finance Office provides credit card merchants with training and resources to support compliance efforts.