PCI DSS Compliance Scope Reduction

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Working with cardholder data and want to reduce the scope and cost of your PCI DSS compliance? Futurex solutions and professional services can help organizations optimize and secure their PCI data processing environment.

What Is PCI Compliance?

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) publishes the most comprehensive international standard for businesses that process, store, or transmit payment information. One of the broadest and most important standards they define is PCI DSS, or the Data Security Standard. Consumer payment information is almost everywhere today, and it’s important to keep it safe from malicious, unintended use. That’s what makes this standard important. It’s also why it’s so broad.

How Broad Is Your PCI Scope?

If your organization accepts or stores electronic payments or payment data, you fall under the scope of PCI compliance. The scope determines what systems a firm must protect to be compliant. To determine your scope, you must find the places from which cardholder data (CHD) flows or rests.

PCI suggests treating each system as within scope from the start. Once this has been defined, you must address the individual control objectives defined in PCI DSS. This can prove expensive. Often it costs less to reduce the number of systems within scope. Using the best technology helps address PCI compliance. It's likewise helpful to receive professional consultation.

PCI Data Security Standard Infographic showing how Futurex meets each of the six overarching PCI DSS goals

How Futurex Can Help

Futurex designs solutions to encrypt, store , and transmit data securely. These solutions can help meet PCI DSS control objectives and even trim the scope of their PCI audit.


Point-to-point encryption (P2PE) is a technology Futurex deploys to encrypt CHD at the point-of-contact when processed at a payment terminal. It's meant to encrypt data as it moves between points, without transmitting it "in-the-clear." This is ideal for those who want a reduction in compliance scope because it ensures data is always encrypted.


Tokenization often works with P2PE to reduce compliance scope. Whereas P2PE protects CHD en route, tokenization protects it at rest.

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