PCI merchant education program

MasterCard Worldwide announced a new PCI Merchant Education Program, an initiative offered to acquiring bank customers that provides practical assistance in educating merchants and encouraging broader adoption of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The new program offers complimentary education and training for acquiring banks and merchants to better their understanding of PCI DSS through interactive sessions.

The PCI DSS sets forth requirements for enhancing payment account data security. The standard, which was developed by MasterCard and the other founding payment brands that comprise the PCI Security Standards Council, is intended to help companies protect payment account data. The multifaceted security standard includes requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures.

The new PCI Merchant Education Program is adaptable and delivered through various channels based on the needs of the individual acquiring
member and their merchant population. MasterCard has developed a series of customizable, interactive modules and will work with financial institutions to develop training sessions and materials tailored to their merchants.

The education program offers several training options including:

  • On-Site (OS) – In-person training for acquiring bank members at designated locations. This option provides the best opportunity for high-contact interaction.
  • Live Web Meeting (LM) – Real-time online interface and teleconference. This option is ideal for presenting one to three modules and may be followed by Q&A sessions.
  • On-Demand Webinar Series (WS) – Pre-recorded content available through an online interface. This option can be viewed as the merchant’s schedule allows. MasterCard or other industry security professionals deliver these sessions.



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