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PTS stands for PIN Transaction Security. It’s a set of security evaluations created by the Payment Card Industry Security Standard Council (PCI SSC). PTS safeguards cardholder data at interaction points (like payment terminals) and hardware security modules (HSMs).

Why is PCI PTS Important? 

In the payment industry, trust is important. Organizations must be reliable to maintain this trust, especially when handling sensitive data. Demonstrating PCI PTS compliance is a way to prove that your product is trustworthy. To achieve this, your organization must undergo security evaluations, including those for HSMs that secure key data and payment terminals handling payment account data.

Also, with new payment methods emerging, cyber threats have increased. Businesses with attended and unattended payment terminals are vulnerable, leading to breaches and a loss of customer trust.

That’s why PCI mandates that issuers, acquirers, and merchants use PCI PTS Devices in business operations. These ensure secure transmission and validation of cardholder information and bolsters security and customer confidence.

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