NACHA Compliance Solutions

TokenEx can secure and desensitize deposit account information, making it unreadable and safe to store in compliance with NACHA's supplementing data security requirements.

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What is NACHA Compliance, and How Does it Affect Me?

Formed in 1974, the National Automated Clearing House (NACHA) regulates how automated clearing house (ACH) transactions should be performed and how ACH data should be safeguarded. These regulations are detailed in NACHA’s Operating Rules and Guidelines, which outline the specific processes and requirements for parties transmitting or receiving ACH data via the ACH Network. Any entity that works with direct deposits, e-checks, electronic funds transfers (EFT), bank transfers, bank payments, or other similar types of electronic payments uses ACH data to initiate and complete these transactions. Therefore, these entities are subject to NACHA and must comply with its operating rules and guidelines. 

What are NACHA Operating Rules?

ACH refers to the automation of the clearance process for transferring payments from one party to another. This process is carried out by financial institutions called clearing houses, which are essentially middlemen that handle transactions to ensure funds are exchanged appropriately and agreements are followed. To accomplish this, NACHA’s Operating Rules and Guidelines define and establish the roles and responsibilities of each party involved in an ACH transaction.

Over the years, NACHA’s Operating Rules and Guidelines have evolved to better secure and accommodate changing technology and payment types. Recently, NACHA amended these guidelines with a set of supplementing data security requirements that mandate the secure storage of account numbers used in ACH transactions, "rendering them unreadable when stored electronically."

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How to Abide By NACHA Compliance Rules

Because ACH payments are sent via batch processing and contain payment data similar to what is found in credit card payments, they can be secured and desensitized by tokenization in much the same way. In a typical payment card transaction, the primary account number (PAN) and other applicable cardholder data are tokenized, whereas in an ACH payment, the bank account number and consumer-level data (such as names and Social Security numbers) are tokenized.

So although the data is different, the process for protecting it is the same. Tokenized data is obfuscated and easy to store until the original sensitive data is needed, at which point the placeholder token will be exchanged and the ACH data returned. Tokenization can help simplify NACHA compliance, as well as significantly reduce the risk of ACH data theft. For an example of a relevant use case, check out our solution for PCI DSS compliance. And remember: TokenEx can work with any processor, payment gateway, or third-party sender.

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Truly Omnichannel Acceptance

Add ACH transactions to your existing payment streams.

With tokenization from TokenEx, you can secure and desensitize nearly any data element through a variety of acceptance channels. Our easy integration and ability to work with any endpoint allow you to add ACH data to your collection of tokenized payment types—with minimal disruption to your internal systems and business processes.

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Functional Security and NACHA Compliance

Satisfy NACHA rules without risking data utility or agility

TokenEx's cloud-based tokenization can protect your ACH data to achieve NACHA compliance while preserving the business utility of that data and the agility of your internal operations, not to mention virtually eliminating the risk of data theft.

Protect ACH Payments for NACHA Compliance

Using tokenization to secure ACH data enables you to:
  • Reduce NACHA scope.
  • Secure and desensitize electronic payments.
  • Work with any processor or endpoint.
  • Maintain data utility and business-as-usual processes.

Learn how tokenization can protect ACH data to simplify NACHA compliance, all while reducing risk and minimizing operational changes.

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