PCI Security Standards Council®

About Us

Who we are

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is a global forum that brings together payments industry stakeholders to develop and drive adoption of data security standards and resources for safe payments worldwide. Learn More.

Our mission

The PCI SSC mission is to enhance global payment account data security by developing standards and supporting services that drive education, awareness, and effective implementation by stakeholders. We achieve this with a strategic framework to guide our decision-making process and ensure that every initiative is aligned with our mission and supports the needs of the global payments industry.

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The Council was founded in 2006 by American Express, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard and Visa Inc.  Founding Members share equally in ownership, governance, and execution of the organization’s work.  Each incorporates the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) as part of the technical requirements for their respective data security compliance programs.  Founding Members also recognize assessors qualified by the PCI SSC.

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Organizational structure

The PCI SSC is led by a policy-setting Executive Committee composed of representatives from the Founding Members and Strategic Members.

A Board of Advisors, representing and elected by Participating Organizations, provides input to the organization and feedback on the evolution of the PCI Standards.

The Management Committee drives activity across various work domains. It is comprised of participants from the Founding Members and Strategic Members and employees of the Council.

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Payments industry participation is critical to the Council’s mission to help secure payment data globally. Toward this end, industry stakeholders are encouraged to join the Council as Strategic Members, Affiliate Members, and Participating Organizations. A key benefit of membership is the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing maintenance and development of PCI Security Standards. View the Get Involved Overview for more information on these membership opportunities and benefits.

Collaborating with the Council

Securing payment data is not a solo act. It takes a community. View the Get Involved Overview for information on collaboration opportunities and how you can play an active part in the PCI SSC community. Watch this video to learn more about how collaboration is instrumental to the Council’s mission.

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