Electronic Financial Transaction Procedures
A. Purpose / Rationale
These procedures will ensure that all electronic financial transactions and payments of North Dakota State University will be compliant with all applicable laws and mandates.
These procedures apply to all North Dakota State University (NDSU) faculty, staff, students, organizations, and individuals who on behalf of the University handle electronic financial transactions and payments such as credit/debit card transactions, and electronic fund transactions (EFT). This includes any electronic financial transactions conducted at all North Dakota State University campuses and locations.
- All electronic financial transaction activities and payment technologies of NDSU must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) as described in NDSU Policy, Section 509. No activity or technology may obstruct compliance with these standards.
- NDSU will provide TouchNet only to NDSU entities that require it for a specific purpose (e.g., selling books, conference registrations, or other items pertinent to the department or college.) Entities wishing to use TouchNet must file the form titled Departmental Request to Process Credit Card and Electronic Fund Transactions, with the NDSU Customer Account Services Department (email@example.com).
- The NDSU Audit and Advisory Services Department and the NDSU IT Security Officer will be responsible for verifying compliance with industry best practices for conducting electronic payment transactions. Both will conduct an annual process that identifies threats and vulnerabilities, and results in a formal risk assessment.
- The University will contractually require all third party vendors with access to cardholder data to adhere to PCI DSS. The contracts will clearly define information security responsibilities for the vendors. The NDSU General Counsel will review and approve such contracts as required by NDSU Policy 712 and NDUS Policy and Procedure 840. Third party vendors will provide documentation of compliance to NDSU. This documentation will be provided in a timely manner according to the level of certification.
- To minimize the risk of attacks from internal sources, all NDSU employees who work with electronic financial transactions and the personal data associated with it will:
- Have completed data privacy training;
- Have signed the Employee Credit Card Security Agreement.
- Monitor and analyze security alerts and information and will distribute to the NDSU IT security officer and the college or department head.
- Administer user accounts, including additions, deletions and modifications.
- Monitor and control all access to data.
- Manage and maintain access logs. Data elements to be logged and managed include but are not limited to login ID, date, time, IP number, successful or unsuccessful login attempts.
- Develop and implement specific formal procedures for users who lose or forget their passwords.
- Lock a userís account after a determined number of sequential unsuccessful login attempts. The accounts cannot be unlocked until the user requests the account to be unlocked and establishes appropriate criteria that correctly identify him/her.
- Ensure that all of their employees and business processes comply with this policy and related procedures.
- Be responsible for protection of protected data provided by the customer.
- Identify positions that require access to cardholder data and allow access as appropriate on a need to know basis.
- Ensure their employees are aware of the importance of electronic financial transaction information security.
Exceptions to this procedure may be granted only after a written request from the unit has been reviewed and approved by the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Vice President for Information Technology Services or their designees.
Electronic Funds Transaction: The term is used for a number of different concepts such as cardholder-initiated transactions, where a cardholder makes use of a payment card (e.g., credit or debit card); electronic payments by businesses, including salary payments, electronic check clearing.
TouchNet: Third party vendor and software for campus online billing and payment processing which follow applicable PCI DSS standards and guidelines.
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS): The PCI DSS was developed by the major credit card companies as a guideline to help organizations that process card payments prevent credit card fraud, hacking and various other security issues. A company processing, storing, or transmitting credit card numbers must be PCI DSS compliant or they risk losing the ability to process credit card payments. For more information please see pcisecuritystandards.org .