ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Chief Information Officer Dennis Omila (left) and Chief Information Security Officer Aldrin Escurel receive the PCI DSS version 3.2 Certification from a representative from US-based Qualified Security Assessor, Crimson Security Inc.
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Chief Information Officer Dennis Omila (left) and Chief Information Security Officer Aldrin Escurel receive the PCI DSS version 3.2 Certification from a representative from US-based Qualified Security Assessor, Crimson Security Inc.

Banking and Financial Services

UnionBank achieves latest security standard certification for cardholder data

In its commitment to provide a safer and more secure digital banking experience for its customers, UnionBank recently received the certification for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2, making it the first Universal Bank in the country to be certified with the latest cards data security standard.  

The certification ensures an even more robust protection of financial information against identity theft, fraudulent purchases, and other security threats. This means the Bank has complied with more stringent requirements to effectively reduce the risk of data breaches and other card issues.  

“This recent accomplishment as the first Universal Bank to receive the PCI DSS certification of the latest banking standards is a testament that we are well on our way to achieving our mission to be among the top digital banks in the industry.”

-Henry Aguda, Chief Technology and Operations Officer and Chief Transformation Officer, UnionBank.

According to Kaspersky, the Philippines ranks 33rd out of 233 countries most prone to cyberattacks. In addition, 17% of Filipino users report that their devices have been infected with malicious program or software used by cybercriminals who normally target customer financial data such as credit and debit cards. Thus, cybersecurity has never been as important to Filipinos as it is today. With the PCI DSS version 3.2, customers can be assured that the Bank protects their data and defends them against external threats in the best way possible.

“In this digital age, a universal truth in business is that data is the most critical asset. At the forefront of UnionBank’s initiatives toward digital transformation is our commitment to ensure the safest and most secure online banking for the utmost protection of our customers’ data assets.”

-Dennis D. Omila, Chief Information Officer, UnionBank

PCI DSS is a proprietary information security standard founded by leading global credit card companies such as American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. The standard is designed to ensure that all companies that accept, process, store or transit credit card information maintain a secure environment.

PCI DSS version 3.2 is the latest data security standard developed by the Council to address increased threats and more sophisticated attacks targeting customer payment information. UnionBank’s PCI DSS compliance is validated annually by Crimson Security Inc., an internationally known Qualified Security Assessor.