Guest Column | April 21, 2015

PCI Compliance Is Just One Piece Of The Puzzle

By Michael English, Vice President of Product Development, Heartland Payment Systems

PCI Compliance

You don’t have to look far to find evidence supporting the necessity of a comprehensive and thorough cybersecurity system for your clients. From the infamous Sony hack to cybercriminals infiltrating Target’s network that absconded with personal information from some 110 million accounts, it’s clear that protecting customers’ data is something to be taken seriously.

In the first nine months of 2014, nearly a billion records were compromised in the United States alone. Many of 2014’s incidents set records for the sheer volume of data that was stolen.

When your clients’ business is breached, it’s not only a headache for their customers, but your client will face significant fines and intrusive security assessments. When a merchant accepts any form of payment card, they must be Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant, but it’s important to note that PCI compliance is only one piece of the puzzle.  

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