Protecting Customers: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Implements Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

11 June 2012

  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank upgrades Risk Management Programme
  • Programme designed to protect information in the cards payment system

Abu Dhabi, 11 June 2012: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank ("ADCB") is pleased to announce that it is now the first bank in UAE to have achieved compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). ADCB is committed to ensuring that its customer's data is protected and that potential security breaches are prevented. To this end, the bank has built a secure network adopting best in class technology and control measures.

"At ADCB we uphold the highest quality of international standards in all that we do. Therefore protecting our customers and their data is of the utmost importance to us. In this day and age the industry is constantly under threat of cyber-attacks and it is crucial that we deploy the best level of security technology to protect our customers from this. Through our compliance with PCI DSS, we are confident that we will be able to continue to protect our customers in any eventuality. We are proud to be the first certified PCI DSS registered bank in the country." Arup Mukhopadhyay, Head of Consumer Banking in ADCB said.

Marcello Baricordi, General Manager for Visa in the UAE, said: "Visa has continued to see growth in the UAE and part of this success can be attributed to Visa cards offering greater control and security by proactively working with its stakeholders and thereby maintaining and enhancing stakeholder trust in Visa as the most secure way to pay and be paid. It is of immense importance to ensure that an ongoing certification is being maintained on PCI certification annually."

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a globally accepted initiative to help secure the card payment transactions. As part of the regulatory and card scheme requirements, all stakeholders have to secure their card portfolio and the data being processed through the payment system network are secured.

The PCI DSS initiative will help build and maintain a secure network, protect cardholder data, maintain a vulnerability management program, implement strong access control measures, regularly monitor and test networks and maintain an information security policy.