MEPS Earns PCI Data Security Standard Compliance Certification for Fifth Consecutive Year
Amman, July 2016 – For the fifth consecutive year, Middle East Payment Services (MEPS) – a consortium of elite local and regional banks that serves as a leading, innovative payment services provider in the Middle East – has received the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Compliance Certification and Attestation of Compliance. The PCI DSS V3.1 accreditation was granted by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), adding a new achievement to MEPS’ long record of successes. MEPS was granted the accreditation in recognition of its strict adherence to guidelines that safeguard the data of credit and debit card holders by utilizing added reliability and security measures, ensuring secure payment services to its clients around the world. “We are immensely proud to receive this accreditation for the fifth year in a row,” commented MEPS CEO, Khaled Zakaria. “This achievement serves as testament to MEPS’ ongoing commitment to meet our clients’ expectations by providing secure payment services in line with the highest standards of trust and quality. It also indicates our strong interest in further elevating payment data security.” Since 2013, MEPS has acted as a Participating Organization to the PCI SSC Board of Advisors. Providing strategic and technical input towards improving payment data security worldwide as well as raising awareness of the importance of safeguarding the safety of payment applications, in its role, MEPS promotes the adoption of secure payment applications across the region. Established in 2006 and endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard and Visa, the PCI SSC is a global forum for the ongoing development, enhancement, dissemination and implementation of security standards, such as PCI DSS, that increase payment data security. The PCI SSC requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data protection. The PCI SSC relies on the involvement of entities across the payments processing chain, from merchants and service providers to payment device manufacturers and software developers, financial institutions and processors, in order to enhance payment data security globally while embracing new technologies as they are developed.