It’s that time of year again. LogiSense is entering the period for our annual Level 1 PCI Compliance audit. With millions of dollars in credit card transactions flowing through our billing software it’s imperative that we offer the security our customers (and their customers) expect when paying for service. We have worked hard with our customers over the past number of years to reduce our footprint, and theirs, to almost nil. There is absolutely no need to have a credit card number (PAN) hit our software or be stored in our database.
Credit card processing companies are making it very easy to reduce your PCI footprint. Integrate with a Hosted Payment Page (HPP) or a Hosted Payment Form (HPF). When your customers need to enter their PAN into an online form for a one-time payment, or as a new payment method for their recurring payments, an HPP is your chance to drastically reduce your PCI footprint. Not only that, if you’re working with an HPP then you’re very likely setup to actually avoid storing your customers’ credit card numbers in your system. Tokens or Profiles (depending on the processor) can sit in your database and have no real risk of exposing your customers’ card details to hackers.
If you’re in the market for a new billing system, whether you’re a Tier-1 service provider or a small, start-up subscription business, keep your customers in mind if you’re going to accept credit card payments. There’s no need to put them (and you) at risk!