The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) was put in place to manage the ongoing evolution of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards to focus one securing the credit card transaction process. This is to be accomplished by developing standards and services that drive awareness and effective implementation by involved stakeholders. The PCI DSS is administered and managed by the PCI SSC which is an independent body that was created by the major payment card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB). The payment brands and acquirers are responsible for enforcing compliance, not the PCI council.
If your organization wants to understand where it stands with PCI compliance prior to having an actual audit you may need assistance by an organization familiar with the controls required. At Right Hand we can work with your team to perform a gap analysis to determine where you are deficient and then work with you to assemble a roadmap on what needs to be done to efficiently remediate the deficiencies. One the roadmap is completed; we can even help you with remediation and help represent your organization during the audit.