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PCI compliance is only part of keeping card data secure

April 30, 2012

Ensuring that customers credit and debit card information is protected is one of the most vital parts of running any business successfully.

Ensuring that customers credit and debit card information is protected is one of the most vital parts of running any business successfully.

Every year, companies must meet payment card industry data security standards (PCI DSS) to help prevent fraud and abuse. According to some experts, achieving PCI compliance is only part of the process that firms must execute in order to fully protect clients from information theft.
     
“Increasingly, organizations are so focused on achieving compliance that they often miss the bigger, more important picture of ensuring consistent corporate data security through effective risk management,” Data Center Journal reports. “Achieving reliable and continuous information security requires adapting to a risk-based approach and should not be determined by annual compliance metrics.”

There are constant reminders of the importance of heightened security. In one recent data breach, hackers stole 1.5 million credit from Global Payments, which processes transactions for MasterCard and Visa. The breach represents the largest known theft of credit card information in the past 2 years, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

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