Peachtree PCI Compliance Overview
 
Credit Card Security Overview

If you are a Peachtree by Sage customer who accepts and processes credit card transactions from within Peachtree, we need to inform you of security changes mandated by the card associations, via the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) to mitigate credit card fraud and protect you from possible litigation and fines. These rules will change the way your Peachtree software accepts, processes, and stores credit card data. It is critical that you understand the PCI DSS standards and what you must do to comply.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has been established by the five major credit card networks as a set of requirements. These rules apply to how the card data is handled for both software and physical terminal merchants. They apply to all merchants who process credit cards, regardless of size. Your business must be in compliance with these standards by July 1, 2010 or your Peachtree Software will no longer allow you to process credit cards. 

Here are several things to accomplish to ensure your business is using a PA DSS compliant application and to continue processing credit cards in Peachtree:

  • You must upgrade to Peachtree 2011. The  guidelines resulted in significant changes to the way Peachtree stores and processes credit card information. As a result, older versions of Peachtree will not be compliant to the new regulations. 
  • Attend training webinars on PCI, by visiting http://peachtree.pci.trustwave.com and selecting the right time and topic for your business. You’ll also find Frequently Asked Questions there.
  • You must become PCI DSS certified; This is a requirement – not an option. Sage has partnered with Trustwave, a leading provider of PCI DSS compliance services for merchants to help identify your business’ steps for compliance.

Realize that these standards are coming from the major credit card networks (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) in an effort to protect you and your customers from credit card fraud. If found in breach a merchant and his credit card processor can be liable for a sizable fee. As a result, we at Sage, are taking this very seriously and trust that you will do the same.

We encourage all of our customers to educate themselves on PCI DSS, and what steps are required to ensure your business is protected. You can attend a training session on PCI, by visiting this page (http://peachtree.pci.trustwave.com) and selecting the right time and topic for your business.
 
For more information, please visit www.peachtree.com/pcicompliance