PCI stands for Payment Card Industry. PCI Compliance is a safeguard created by American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover to ensure you, the merchant, are successfully transmitting cardholder data in the safest and most secure way possible for the customer. An IP scan is often required depending on how your business accepts payments. When a scan is required, to be considered PCI compliant depends on that scan. When you are not compliant, a charge will occur from PCI DSS. Charges will vary in amount depending on your main processing company.

Tips for Passing an IP Scan

When profiling your account with the PCI Compliance Task Manager, different responses will trigger an IP scan as well as what you are processing with and through. An IP scan may need to be completed if the terminal used relies on wifi. A scan may also be necessary to be considered PCI Compliant if you are processing with a terminal through IP.

To complete a scan, you need to enter your IP address into the required field. You can find your IP address by accessing websites that will read it for you. You will then submit your IP address to be scanned. If your scan passes, great job! If you failed your scan, not to worry, we have a few tips below.

Closing open ports is a great way to eliminate PCI vulnerabilities. Open ports are often flagged and can keep you from being PCI compliant. Another tip is to ensure all of the software you use is up to date. Having the latest version of your software shows that you have the most recent, safest download of whatever applications you are using. PCI Compliance manager provides a helpful tool, in the form of a file, that can be downloaded after a failed scan of all of its vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities are broken down individually and often explain what they need to be changed to in order to be compliant.

Still Struggling?

Still struggling with attaining PCI compliance for your network? MAX Communications specializes in firewalls that can ensure PCI Compliance for your business. MAX Communications is the original “MAX” business and played a major role in creating MAX Payment Solutions. Having a firewall is a great way to protect your business from potential hackings. If you have any questions on the information featured in this blog post or are looking to save money on your merchant processing statement, feel free to give us a call at (856) 825-2000.