Businesses should reach PCI compliance 2.0 by early 2012

Businesses should reach PCI compliance 2.0 by early 2012

Although many businesses have worked hard to reach PCI compliance 2.0 by January 1, 2012, Erin Rigik, associate editor of Convenience Store Decisions, said stores need to work hard to make sure they are safe even after meeting the new PCI standards.

Bob Russo, general manager of PCI Security Standards Council, said there are a few key remaining areas that business struggle with even if they meet PCI compliance. He said companies can better protect themselves and their customers by changing the password that comes with the interface, have a strong firewall up and use an application on the PCI SSC list of applications certified by the council. He also said to make sure employees also know what is safe and what isn't.

"Train your talk to your employees so they’re aware of issues like skimming, and make sure they understand the way equipment should work and look," he said. "PCI SSC [offers a] downloadable document on its Website with simple information and lots of pictures to convey simple common sense things employees can watch out for."

A previous article on the website said 86 percent of businesses want to ensure their customers' data is safe even though 64 percent believed their system was vulnerable, according to the National Retail Federation and First Data Corporation. PCI compliance and a watchful eye can make sure these customers are safe to shop on the website.