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More companies need to become PCI compliant

October 1, 2011

In a recent interview with GovInfoSecurity.com, PCI compliance expert Jen Mack says that many merchants were not following the necessary standards to keep consumer data safe.

In a recent interview with GovInfoSecurity.com, PCI compliance expert Jen Mack says that many merchants were not following the necessary standards to keep consumer data safe.

Mack spoke to the outlet regarding a recently released report from Verizon, the Payment Card Industry Compliance Report, which found that most small businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia were failing to comply with the PCI Data Security Standard. She says that the lack of action was putting users of online credit card processing in serious jeopardy.

“Some regions are performing better than others, like Europe,” Mack said in an interview with the news source. “Certain countries, such as the U.K., Germany and France, are making strides to improve ongoing compliance with the PCI-DSS. But in other markets, such as Asia-Pacific, countries are struggling. And many merchants and financial-services providers in the U.S. are not faring so well either; many are not adequately implementing layered security approaches to ensure ongoing compliance.

The study revealed that only 21 percent of the companies investigated met the PCI requirements in 2010. The number was lower than in 2009, when 22 percent of companies met the standards.

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