Juniper Networks has joined the PCI Security Standards Councilas a new participating organization so it can help evolve the PCI DataSecurity Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protectionstandards.

The PCI DSS, endorsed by major credit card companies, requiresmerchants and service providers that store, process or transmitcustomer payment card data to adhere to information security controlsand processes that ensure data integrity. Participating organizationson the council have access to the latest payment card securitystandards and can provide feedback on the standards and recommend newinitiatives.

“The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyoneinvolved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data,” BobRusso, general manager of the council said in a press release. “Byparticipating in the standards setting process, Juniper Networksdemonstrates they are playing an active part in this important endgoal.”

“Enterprises and service providers are under tremendous pressure toalign IT with business requirements in key areas such as regulatorycompliance,” Stephen Singh, vice-president of marketing atJuniper’s financial services and global banking unit said in therelease. “With our proven practices and high-performance networkinfrastructure and services, we can help to evolve the PCI DSS andother payment card data protection standards to deliver compliancesolutions that are easy to deploy and maintain, improve riskmitigation, and enable businesses to be competitive.”