Protect your cardholder data
No matter where customers use their payment card to make a purchase, they want assurance that their account information is safe. That's why Visa instituted the Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP).
Mandated since June 2001, CISP is intended to protect Visa cardholder data wherever it resides, ensuring that members, merchants, and service providers maintain the highest information security standard.
In 2004, the CISP requirements were incorporated into an industry standard known as Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) resulting from a cooperative effort between Visa and MasterCard to create common industry security requirements. Effective September 7, 2006, the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) owns, maintains and distributes the PCI DSS and all its supporting documents. Visa, however, continues to manage all data security compliance enforcement and validation initiatives.
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