Almost 20 percent of businesses don't follow PCI compliance

Almost 20 percent of businesses don't follow PCI compliance

Although it is required of every business that takes payment with credit or debit card, a Gartner survey shows 18 percent of respondents don't follow PCI compliance guidelines. This could end up leading to fines and other consequences for businesses that don't take measures to secure customers' cards.

"Given that many of the technology providers in the security market target their products and help with PCI-related compliance initiatives, it came as something of a surprise that such a high percentage of survey respondents said that they were not PCI-compliant," said Lawrence Pingree, research director at Gartner. "Technology and service providers should continue to market their ability to help solve customer issues with compliance for the PCI security standards."

Pingree said end-users, those who use their credit cards on eCommerce businesses, must be aware of how secure the websites are.

IT managers are looking to balance budgets and treat security as a priority, Gartner said, but PCI compliance is taking a backseat. These businesses need to be sure to protect their customers.