Independent Merchant Services Offers Full Support To Merchants To Be PCI Compliant

It is obligatory for merchants to be PCI compliant if they wish to accept card payments. Independent Merchant Services of Bolton offers full assistance.

Online PR News – 25-January-2017 – Bolton, Greater Manchester – Independent Merchant Services of Bolton offers a full suite of services to merchants, especially small businessmen and shops across the UK to set up card payment processes and grow their business. One of the overwhelming aspects of card payments is that merchants must be compliant with PCI standards. Non-compliance could result in fines or even removal of the facility. It does appear to be a burden since there are 12 requirements of PCI DSS.

Independent Merchant Services assists merchants to become PCI compliant and provides total consultancy on the 12 aspects such as Build and Maintain a Secure Network, Protect Cardholder Data, Maintain Vulnerability Management Program, Implement Strong Access Control Measures, Regularly Monitor and Test Networks and Maintain an Information Security Policy. The main factor here is cost, which is controlled by Independent’s access to various service providers and their excellent relationships with them.

However, it may not always be necessary for merchants to follow the full and complex procedures and then maintain them. There are clever workarounds to accepting card payments and yet stay outside the full purview of compliance. This is done in a straightforward way by having merchants tie up with third party IT service providers who undertake the full responsibility of tying up with processing gateways that manage compliance by storing sensitive on external servers of other services. In this way merchants reduce costs and also the burden of meeting the difficult SAQ D level. Instead, they can comply via SAQA or SAQ A-EP, which is easier and less stringent. Independent Merchant Services believes in keeping interests of merchants first, especially those who are taking the first step in the world of card payments and may find it uneconomical to undertake the full PCI compliance process. Their extensive knowledge of PCI regulations and ties with processors who are already PCI certified helps merchants remain compliant without incurring high costs.

It also happens that some merchants wittingly or unwittingly are charged with PCI non-compliance and are penalised accordingly. They are offered a limited time to become compliant. Independent Merchant Services also helps shop owners and small business owners who are in this situation and do not wish to see their business suffer. These professionals offer expert assistance and suggest workarounds to minimise the impact; and at the same time, implement processes and tie ups with specialist payment processors to help merchants emerge from the non-compliance trap. This is done in the fastest possible time and the report is submitted to show a merchant is compliant so that non-compliance fees are removed from the statement.

Bolton based Independent Merchant Services is an impartial organisation offering professional knowledge based consultancy for PCI compliance and they may be contacted by phone 01204 322304, email or via their website