Partnering for Global Payment Security

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) leads a global, cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing industry-driven, flexible and effective data security standards and programs to help businesses detect, mitigate and prevent cyberattacks and breaches.

Global industry collaboration is critical to this mission. Payment security is everyone’s responsibility. It can’t fall to one entity – bank, card brand or retailer – to secure the whole system. Every entity that stores, processes or transmits cardholder data must play a role.

From merchants and service providers to payment device manufacturers and software developers, financial institutions and processors — we seek involvement by all sectors of the industry.

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Associate Participating Organizations

The Associate Participating Organization level of participation is for organizations that want to have regular dialogue with key stakeholders and have the opportunity to provide guidance and expertise on Council initiatives.

Individual Participants

Individual participation is for individuals who may not be able to join at the organizational level but would like access to selected Council publications, resources, and other benefits.

Principal Participating Organizations

The Principal Participating Organization level of participation is for organizations that want a seat at the table, a deeper level of collaboration with the Council on key initiatives as well as access to exclusive, Principal Member-only events.

The Board of Advisors represents PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) Participating Organizations worldwide to ensure global industry involvement in the development of PCI Security Standards. As strategic partners, they bring market, geographical and technical insight into PCI SSC plans and projects.

The Global Executive Assessor Roundtable has been developed to get recommendations and input from senior leadership of PCI SSC-qualified payment security assessor companies.
Regional Engagement Boards serve as advisors to the PCI SSC on payment data security issues in specific geographies and markets.
Affiliate membership is open to regional and national organizations that define standards and influence adoption by their constituents who process, store or transmit cardholder data.
The PCI SSC has established working relationships with industry associations and stakeholders around the world. PCI SSC is always looking for opportunities to engage and collaborate with third parties.

Interested in partnering with the Council?

Strategic members play a directive role in Council activities including the ability to serve on the Council’s Executive Committee.
The Roadmap Roundtable Group (RRG) is open to Principal Participating Organizations. This group works together with the PCI SSC Senior Team and Executive Committee to drive the evolution of the Council’s standards and programs.
Feedback from the global payment card industry in the development of PCI Security Standards and programs is highly valued. Dedicated Request for Comments (RFC) periods are one of the several ways that PCI SSC solicits feedback from stakeholders.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are community-driven initiatives that play a key role in the development of resources for the payment card industry.

Task Forces

PCI SSC Task Forces provide high level advice and even help draft our standards. These task forces are comprised of members from our Principal and Associate Participating Organizations worldwide.

Technical Advisory Board

The PCI SSC Technical Advisory Board is a technical liaison board that brings subject matter technical expertise from a broad range of stakeholders to the security standards process. This body provides guidance and recommendations to the PCI SSC at the Executive and Management Committee levels on technical matters related to payment security.
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The Technology Guidance Group (TGG) provides opportunities for Principal Participating Organizations to share knowledge and experience regarding technological developments and direction in the payments industry.

PCI SSC Community Events & Industry Programs


2024 PCI SSC event dates to be announced soon.

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What Others Say

We are very pleased with the pricing changes that the PCI SSC is making to the PO Program. The revised pricing structure will hopefully lead to even greater participation from organizations in South Africa and throughout the continent. We applaud the PCI SSC for responding to industry feedback and developing this thoughtful and inclusive policy.

The PCI SSC Board of Advisors is comprised of representatives that have a wide range of expertise and experience across the payment industry. Through open, direct dialog and collaboration, the Board provides the PCI SSC feedback on payment security topics and raises critical payment security topics for consideration and action.

Joining the council provides MagicCube with two great advantages, especially with regard to PIN on Glass specifications: We are able to gain greater insight into the goals of the PCI organization as well as additional clarity on its objectives early in the process. Secondly, the PCI's process opens the door for new innovative security technologies, allowing us to contribute to the final specifications

When developing SmartCheckout, PCI DSS certification was a mandatory requirement. But it ended up being more important than just the product. The maturity level we reached in the process of becoming compliant helped in defining us as a company. Today as a global digital commerce solution, joining PCI Security Standards Council as a Participant Organization presents us with a great opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the standards in parallel with the many great companies who are also part of the program.

The PCI Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are one of the best ways to make the PCI DSS stronger and merchants more secure.

The PCI SSC Board of Advisors provides valuable, specific industry-sector knowledge in order to contribute towards wide ranging discussions that ultimately influence the direction and focus of payment security and the outputs of the PCI SSC