As a reminder, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) apply to all entities that store, process, or transmit cardholder data. As a Heartland merchant, you have automatically been enrolled in Heartland’s new Merchant Protection Program with ControlScan. This program, with the support of ControlScan’s services, will provide the resources to baseline security standards and maintain compliance validation to the PCI DSS, as required by the card brands.
The Merchant Protection Program includes access to an online portal where merchants can complete the REQUIRED annual Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and quarterly network vulnerability scans. The program also includes comprehensive support, consultation services, educational materials, and $100,000 reimbursement should a breach occur.
By this time you should have received an email from ControlScan with your login credentials. If you have not done so already, please visit www.controlscan.com/heartland as soon as possible. Once you have achieved compliance, ControlScan will submit proof of your compliance validation directly to Heartland on your behalf. Remember, PCI DSS Compliance is mandatory and your participation is required.
Please feel free to contact the office should you have any questions or require any assistance completing the SAQ.