Sending or receiving credit card information using fax technology one must ensure that they have proper security measures in place to protect against data breaches and ensure PCI compliance.
Most companies that work with credit card data have heard of PCI compliance. PCI stands for “Payment Card Industry,” but the acronym has generally come to refer to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), which are required for any organization that accepts credit or debit card payments. PCI compliance is designed to protect against payment card fraud and data breaches.
In keeping with best practices for data security, PCI compliance requires that credit card information be safeguarded against unauthorized access while it is being transmitted, wherever it may be stored, and when it is disposed of.
The PCI DSS outlines six principles, each of which contains a set of requirements that organizations must meet in order to be PCI compliant. The principles are:
If an organization is sending or receiving credit card data using fax technology, it's important that these principles of PCI compliance be rigorously observed. That means security data when it is “in transit,” while it is “at rest,” and upon disposal.
If you're familiar with HIPAA's Security Rule, GLBA requirements, or other privacy regulations, these principles might sound familiar. After all, these are best practices that apply to information security generally, and which the best providers of secure cloud fax services will follow religiously.
Any organization that sends or receives credit card information using fax technology must ensure that they have proper security measures in place to protect against data breaches and ensure PCI compliance. The best approach is to work with a security-conscious cloud fax service provider like WestFax. To make sure your organization's fax communications are fully PCI compliant, contact us today to learn more.
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