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ATMIA Receives Reassurances From PCI Council on ATM Guidance


Oct 23 - The ATM Industry Association, the only global non-profit association for the ATM industry, announced today it had received a confirmation that the PCI Council’s new ATM security guidelines are intended to be best practices, not standards.

“ATMIA has received a letter stating that a standard similar to, or derived from, the ATM Security Guidelines is not currently on the PCI roadmap for development, “ explained Mike Lee, CEO of ATMIA. “This provides a level of comfort for the industry and for ATMIA members since we have been dealing with voluntary ATM security best practices since 2003 and have never contemplated turning them into enforceable global standards.”

ATMIA had sought clarity on this point in a letter to the PCI Security Standards Council soon after their announcement that new ATM security guidelines were open for comment by their participating organizations.

“The PCI Council acknowledged the important role of our set of ATM security best practices,” add Lee. “It’s good for the industry to work closely together on security. We all win by protecting the incredibly valuable ATM environment.”

The PCI Council developed its recent ATM guidelines based on requests from merchants, service providers, financial institutions and vendors.

For more information, please see contact Mike Lee at mike(at) If you wish to join ATMIA, contact Sharon Lane at sharon(at) or visit