What has Scholarswag done to become PCI compliant?

Scholarswag has validated compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). Brightline performed the PCI DSS validation for Scholarswag’s solutions within the hosted environment. Scholarswag offers both hosted and locally-installed payment solutions because all nonprofits operate differently. Alternatively, Scholarswag’s locally-installed payment solutions are PCI certified and compliant with PA-DSS.

The PCI DSS security requirements are endorsed by the PCI Security Standards Council, founded by a consortium of major credit card brands including Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, American Express, Discover Financial Services, and JCB, to enhance credit and debit card data security. Validated as a Level 1 Service Provider and Payment Gateway, Scholarswag had to demonstrate compliance with 12 security requirements by thoroughly reviewing its IT environment and information security policies and procedures.

The Council also supports the PA DSS, a set of security requirements that apply to software vendors that develop payment applications that process, store or transmit cardholder data as part of authorization or settlement.

Scholarswag has modified every application that processes, stores, transmits cardholder data to become PCI DSS and PA-DSS compliant. We have implemented PCI standards regarding secure storage of data, strong access control, and other requirements. The Scholarswag list of solutions, below, provides a complete list of those products which are PCI DSS and PA-DSS compliant: