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Broadening Payment Methods: A Case Study on Brunel University's Transformation

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"The risk associated with holding card data on site is removed and much of the University’s responsibility as regards PCI DSS compliance is delegated to Access PaySuite, freeing up our resources. Also, devices come pre-accredited, using Access PaySuite’s certified Secure Bureau Service, so no need for the University to carry out its own bank accreditation."

Ash Patel, Acting Head of Income & Credit Control at Brunel University

We were keen to broaden the breadth of payment methods available to Brunel customers. We knew this would benefit the university by improving our cashflow too. This all needed to be based on a fully secure and compliant payment process. 

The Solution: Enabling PCI DSS Compliance 

Counter receipting has allowed the University to implement efficient face-to-face payments, whilst remaining PCI DSS Compliant. Secondly, taking payments over the phone securely through and then, most importantly, an online payment solution, allowing greater flexibility for our students. The system also allows easy upload into Brunel’s systems and can be further developed with other areas of the University as needed, since it has an online interface. 

The Results

An easy solution that fit best with our needs to: not only improve our cashflow, with transacting timely payments, but also improving our student experience with the breadth and flexibility of payments options available to them. 

A system that’s easily manageable, as our resources are limited, which also fully meets the University’s expectations. The excel SQL for reporting purpose is superb and allows much faster resolutions of queries. All transactions are recorded into a single database making reconciliation much easier too.  

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How to get a PCI DSS compliance certification?

PCI DSS compliance is a contractual requirement between you and your acquiring bank. Failure to comply means higher transaction costs and increased levels of risk across the entity you represent.

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What is PCI DSS compliance certification?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was established by the payment card schemes, as a unified standard, to baseline the minimum security requirements necessary to protect payment card data.

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Getting PCI Compliant

Following changes to Visa’s Account Information Security Programme, from 1st October 2009 all merchants processing less than 1 million transactions annually (Level 2, 3 and 4) must process via a PCI DSS certified provider, such as Access PaySuite, or provide certification of their own PCI DSS compliance to their acquirer.