Through the use of PCI DSS standards, server hosting procedures are implemented to ensure a secure environment for credit card processing. The standards are updated by the Council, as needed, to stay up-to-date with new or modified requirements. To be considered PCI DSS compliant, businesses must meet all of the required standards sufficiently.
The PCI Security Standards Council is responsible for managing the security standards, while compliance with the PCI Security Standards is enforced by the payment card brands. The standards apply to all organizations that store, process, or transmit cardholder data – with guidance for software developers and manufacturers of applications and devices used in those transactions.