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Organizational Structure

PCI Security Standards Council is led by a policy-setting Executive Committee, composed of representatives from the five founding global payment brands and Strategic Members.

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A Board of Advisors, drawn from Participating Organizations, provides input to the organization and feedback on the evolution of the PCI standards.

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The Standards, Operations and Marketing Committees drive activity across various work domains. The three committees are comprised of participants from the founding and Strategic Membership and employees of the Council.

The Standards Committee is responsible for maintaining PCI standards and all other Council technical work product and developing and managing new Working Groups, Special Interest Groups and Taskforces on technical matters.

The Operations Committee is responsible for managing the Council’s day-to-day operational functions and provides recommendations, suggestions and guidance to the Executive Committee regarding corporate and operational matters.

The Marketing Committee provides support, input and review on initiatives and deliverables that help meet the PCI Security Standards Council's mission to enhance payment account data security by fostering broad adoption of PCI standards.

Working Groups

A Working Group (WG) is created to perform a specific range of work, such as the development and/or maintenance of a Standard and supporting materials of that standard. Working Groups operate under the direction of the Standards Committee and are open to Founding, Strategic and Affiliate Members.


A Taskforce is created to work on specific PCI standards initiatives that require additional commitment of time and resources and which may impact multiple Working Groups or Standards. The Taskforce provides recommendations, guidance, research, and subject matter expertise to be used in the development of Council programs, PCI Standards, or guidance. A Taskforce is directed by the related Chairs of the Working Group(s) and/or Special Interest Group, and may be comprised of Founding, Strategic and Affiliate members, appointed subject matter experts and members of the Council community.

Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are elected by the Participating Organization members and leverage industry members business and technical experience in assisting the Council in analyzing payment card industry challenges with respect to securing cardholder data. Each SIG is formed to address a specific industry or technological challenge, and recommend changes, clarifications or improvements to corresponding PCI SSC standards (PCI Standards) and supporting PCI SSC programs.

To learn more about how you can participate, and the benefits to you and your organization of doing so, please visit the Get Involved section of this site.

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The PCI Security Standards Council (the "Council") provides a variety of tools, questionnaires, guidance, FAQs, training resources and other materials and information to assist organizations seeking to achieve compliance with its standards (the "Standards"). Third party products and services are also available, but the Council does not endorse or recommend any such third party products or services, and advises all organizations seeking to achieve compliance to become familiar with the Standards and related requirements before purchasing third party products or services. Ultimately, all applicable requirements must be met in order to achieve compliance, regardless of whether or what third party products or services are used.