Bars, or any business that accepts credit cards, is required to meet the security standards set by the major credit card brands. PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), or better known as PCI, are in place to help protect customers. Data breaches can occur, and bar owners should consider consultants and enhanced technology to minimize the chances.
Bar technology has progressed, and therefore your policies should evolve to meet these new requirements.
PCI standards were created to hold the merchant accountable for events and policies that can lead to data breaches. Under the standards, employees fall under the supervision of the owner, and they are responsible for their actions. A further responsibility of the merchant is to secure their business, use compliant POS systems and put in place other safeguards.
There are three main things to consider when trying to become safer for your customers.
- First, carefully craft policies pertaining to the management of the card data processing. This can be done by changing POS passwords regularly and limiting internet access only to processing cards.
- Secondly, pay close attention to your employee hiring, training, and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures. Spend time choosing the right employees and train them to be proficient and careful in their daily operations.
- Lastly, secure your computer networks. Keep the POS system separate and behind a firewall to limit possible breaches.
Bar consultants, like our team at Glimpse Corp, can be brought on board to help with process compliance for bars. Our auditing services and employee/POS monitoring can point out areas of vulnerability, possible harmful employees and will serve to provide evidence in the unfortunate event of a breach. Contact our team at Glimpse and see how we can help you and your business thrive. Efficiency in all facets of a bar’s operation should be sought. With a secure POS system, trained employees who are held accountable, and happy customers, your business will grow and profit.