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PCI Rapid Comply®

by First Data

Get a helping hand in PCI compliance from First Data, the world’s largest payment processor.

What is PCI DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) are a set of guidelines created by the major credit card networks (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB) to help merchants implement the necessary infrastructure; including security policies, approved hardware/software, and other procedures to better protect, store and transfer sensitive cardholder data.

What if I am not in PCI Compliance?

Not being in compliance with PCI-DSS is putting your business at greater risk1 to the growing number of security breaches and theft occurring to those who deem PCI compliance a low priority. In 2011, 96% of the cardholder data breaches investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and Verizon’s forensic analysis unit were not compliant with PCI-DSS at the time of data theft.2

Do I have to use PCI Rapid Comply®?

PCI Rapid Comply is available to all of our merchants shortly after the first 60 days of processing. You will receive a letter detailing the service and how to register/login. This service is a step-by-step tool allowing for a smoother PCI compliance experience. The service also includes a quarterly scanning tool if required at no additional cost(s). We hope you choose this solution as we have used it first hand and truly believe in its ease of use compared to other services. You are not obligated to use this service, but you will be required to stay in compliance and submit proof of compliance to First Data every year or be faced with a Non-Receipt of PCI Validation fee to your account every month. If you choose to use a 3rd party service for PCI DSS compliance, you will be required to pay that vendor directly and not through BlueSky Merchant Services, LLC. In addition to any fees charged by a 3rd party PCI DSS vendor, you will still be required to pay the PCI Compliance Services Fee charged by BlueSky Merchant Services, LLC annually. We highly recommend you use the PCI Rapid Comply service, and stay in compliance every quarter/year to avoid any unwanted fees or security breaches.

Self Assessment Questionnaires (PCI DSS v3.0)

S.A.Q. A

  • Card-not-present merchants
  • Mail/Telephone order or
  • No data storage
  • Not face-to-face
  • Smallest Questionnaire

S.A.Q. B

  • Imprint machine
  • Standalone, dial-out terminals
  • No electronic storage

S.A.Q. C

  • POS system connected to the internet
  • Not
  • No electronic storage

S.A.Q. D

  • For all other merchant types not covered by the other S.A.Q. types
  • Largest Questionnaire

S.A.Q. A-EP*

  • E-commerce merchants
  • No electronic storage
  • Outsourced 100% payment processing
  • Valid PCI DSS provider

S.A.Q. B-IP*

  • Stand-alone PTS approved terminal
  • IP, high-speed internet connection
  • No electronic storage
  • Not


  • Manually entered single transactions via keyboard onto internet-based virtual terminal
  • Valid PCI DSS provider
  • Not
  • No electronic storage


  • PCI SSC-listed P2PE solution
  • Point-to-point encryption
  • Not
*New for PCI DSS v3.0

PCI Compliance Online

You can start or stop anytime with 24/7 available tools and dashboard, allowing you to stay in compliance on your schedule.

  • Support available via chat, e-mail or phone
  • Pre-SAQ questions hasten the process3
  • Status dashboard showing your progress
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1. Achieving PCI DSS compliance does not prevent a data security breach or compromise, or change the risk associated with your merchant account. 2. Verizon 2012 Data Breach investigations report, March 2012 3. Merchants are responsible for submitting valid answers to all questions whether they are pre-filled or not.


Reduce the scope of PCI DSS

Tokenize and encrypt each transaction with TransArmor® by First Data

  • P2P – Point-to-point encryption adds layers of security
  • Tokens can be used for saving cardholder data for future purchases online!
  • Reduces the scope of PCI compliance even more!
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