No matter what size your organization, the PCI DSS standards apply, and failure to maintain adequate PCI DSS compliance can lead to a major headache.
Here are five steps to help ensure PCI DSS compliance:
1. Take the issue seriously
Businesses that experience a security breach and are subsequently found to be non-compliant can be hit with big fines. For a small business, this can be as high as £15,000, and on top of that, you will have to pay the cost of any investigation required to identify the breach.
Therefore, PCI DSS compliance should be a top priority.
2. Educate yourself and your staff
Taking the time to read the official guidance on the subject will enable you to make better, cost-effective decisions on how to ensure your organisation’s compliance.
3. Understand how your company handles data
To put yourself in the best position to ensure compliance, take the time to understand how the card payment industry works, and how your organization handles the flow of card data through your network.
A solid grasp of the card payment process will enable you to spot important changes, both in the industry and your organisation, so you can stay on top of your compliance.
4. Invest in training
Training and awareness courses come at a cost, but the investment is worth it if you want to avoid the far costlier consequences of non-compliance.
5. Test regularly
In fact, many organisations were not even aware of the tests they are required to undertake.
For an organization of any size, compliance with PCI DSS will take extra time and resources, but the downside of a data security breach can be serious.
By following these five steps, you can put your organisation on a solid foundation and help to ensure that card payments you handle are dealt with safely and securely, protecting you and your customers.
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