November 22, 2019

Where does your business stand with PCI Compliance?

Learn more about the new PCI compliance requirements and how they affect your business


As a business owner or manager, keeping your customer data protected is paramount.  

Any business that stores, processes or transmits credit card data electronically needs to follow Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance standards.

Devised by the PCI Security Standards Council with the goal of enhancing global payment account data security, PCI compliance lets your customers know they can trust you with their sensitive payment card information.

However, the PCI compliance regulations are becoming more and more complicated—and many businesses are struggling to keep up.

A newly released report by Verizon revealed that only 36.7% of the organizations reviewed for its annual global study were fully compliant with the PCI DSS (Data Security Standard) in 2018. This was down nearly 16% from 2017, which in turn was down slightly from the figure of 55.4% in 2016.[1]

This percentage looks set to fall further as PCI regulations become even more complex.

We’ve had multiple clients now send us huge 250–300+ question documents on PCI compliance, just so they can charge their clients via credit card in their business,” says Adam Alexander, Managing Partner at InterNetwork IT. “Businesses that used to be able to run a simple scan on their computer are now facing these very large, intimidating PCI questionnaires.

Along with the more typical network security questions, our clients are being asked who has access to the computer where credit cards are being charged, if it’s behind a locked door with a keypad, if there are cameras monitoring that room, if guests have badges when they’re in the building, and so on.

One law firm we work with has 10 employees, and only one manager charges credit cards through a website terminal, yet they received a 250 question document about securing their network.”

Does your business need to be PCI compliant?

Our PCI Compliance service protects your client data and makes sure your company meets compliance for credit card processing needs.

  • PCI Scanning Software scans every single file on every computer for credit card numbers, social security numbers, and any other personal information. It can even scan every attachment in every email.
  • PCI remediation ensures your company meets compliance for credit card processing needs.

Learn more about our PCI Compliance service here.

Sources:

1: Verizon 2019 Payment Security Report

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