PCI Compliance

HDSNE offers a program for as little as $360/year to take care of your PCI scanning as required. We have several options to choose from including:  PCI Scanning for firewalls, Vendor Safe and Shift 4.     Call 603-431-3227 for more information.

What is PCI and why should you care?

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) facilitates the broad adoption of the PCI security standards in an effort to enhance payment account data security. This council was organized and founded by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa, Inc. Restaurant businesses are responsible for handling sensitive payment card data according to the PCI DSS standards. In the event of a data security breach, you could experience any or all of the following, depending on the circumstances and whether you have taken the necessary steps to comply with PCI:

  • Heavy financial damages due to fines that range from $50,000 to $500,000.
  • A loss of reputation and, therefore, a decline in the number of guests visiting your restaurant.
  • A temporary or permanent loss of your ability to accept credit cards as a form of payment at your restaurant.

Failure to comply with the PCI DSS standards could be very costly, and possibly even result in the loss of your business.

How can you protect your business?

  • Use a POS system that has been validated against the Payment Application Data Security Standards (PADSS), formerly supervised by Visa and known as Payment Application Best Practices (PABP). The PA DSS assists software vendors in developing payment applications that do not store sensitive cardholder data, thus ensuring their products are validated against the PCI DSS. Menusoft Systems, the developer of Digital Dining, is pleased to say that our current version is already listed as a vendor whose payment application has been validated. This list is available at and shows past versions of Digital Dining that are compliant as well. Make sure by going to the web link listed above and verifying that you are on the current version or a certified version.
  • The PCI DSS is a multifaceted security standard that includes requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture and other critical protective measures other than software design (the part that Digital Dining gets audited and certified). This comprehensive standard is intended to help restaurants proactively protect customer account data.

The PCI Security Standards Council will enhance the PCI DSS as needed to ensure that the standard includes any new or modified requirements necessary to mitigate emerging payment security risks, while continuing to foster wide-scale adoption.

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