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PCI compliance is essential and why you have to comply

Posted in PCI by ebs4pos on November 30, 2009

During this down turn economy organized cyber crime is a booming underground business these days. Most of the security expert and FBI agree that cybercrimes are on the rise and pose a biggest threat to US vital infrastructure. Cybercriminals are thieves in cyberspace who will swipe the sensitive data and sell to other criminals in their community, who might turn around and ask for ransom to keep the data private or perhaps resell to the highest bidder again in the black market. The risk of getting caught is minimized by legal jurisdiction and neglected by huge monetary gains. Motivated by potential gains, cybercriminals are determined to exploit the vulnerabilities of the target rich environment. Another issue to this problem is that our personal and private information has potential to be exploited at various locations such as banks, credit card companies, credit debit card processor, credit report companies and merchants etc…

Level 1, 2 and 3 merchants usually follow security best practice, allocate enough resources and try to maintain PCI compliance. On the other hand level 4 merchant are usually not compliant and have security vulnerabilities which are easy picking for cybercriminals, which is a primary reason why more security breaches happens to level 4 merchants. PCI was apparently created to safeguard the credit card and debit card data. PCI DSS standard are managed by PCI Security Standard Council.

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