Consumers are increasingly turning toward their plastic to make payments—to the tune of two-thirds of all transactions. With this in mind—and with news of the recent breach at Target where the credit card data of up to 40 million customers was compromised—businesses need to do everything within their power to ensure that the sensitive data associated with these consumers’ credit cards is as secure as possible.
Luckily for business owners seeking to minimize the risk associated with such breaches—which could include hefty fines—a group of credit card companies banded together to come up with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), a protocol designed to help businesses ensure their data is secure. While businesses that are not compliant with the PCI-DSS cannot face legal repercussions, they can be subject to serious fines and even lose their merchant accounts should breaches occur.
Business owners are pulled in many different directions each day, and staying on top of PCI-DSS compliance can be a challenging task. What’s more, the PCI Security Standards Council recently released an updated iteration of the PCI-DSS—version 3.0—which went into effect on Jan. 1. (Version 2.0 of the protocol will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2014, giving business owners a year to migrate toward compliance with the new guidelines.) With changing guidelines—and potentially serious repercussions for companies that slip out of compliance—the prospect of staying on top of call center PCI compliance can be a daunting one.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Envision understands this, and engineering a PCI security solution that ensures compliance is easy. Consumers need to be reassured that their data is secure, which is why PCI security solutions are so attractive to business owners. Click here to learn more about how your business stands to benefit from such a solution.