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Only 43% of organisations maintain sustainably compliant with PCI DSS requirements

Ensuring compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is crucial for any organization handling payment card data.

Failure to comply puts sensitive information at risk and can lead to severe consequences, including hefty fines and loss of trust from customers.
In this article, we'll explore three critical warning signs that indicate non-compliance with PCI DSS and provide actionable steps to avoid them.

Critical Warning Sign #1:

Lack of Employee Awareness and Training


When employees handling payment card data are unaware of security protocols and best practices, the risk of data breaches and non-compliance increases. According to recent studies, human error accounts for a significant portion of data breaches, emphasizing the importance of educating staff members on security protocols and best practices.

A survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute found that negligent employees or contractors cause 47% of data breaches. Organizations should prioritize regular PCI DSS training for all employees handling payment card data to avoid this. Training sessions should cover data security policies, secure handling of cardholder data, and how to recognize and respond to security threats. Organizations can significantly reduce non-compliance risk by ensuring that employees are well informed and trained.

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Critical Warning Sign #2:

Inadequate Security Measures


The presence of inadequate security measures to protect cardholder data can include:

  • Outdated or insufficient encryption protocols.

  • Weak passwords.

  • A lack of access controls.

Organizations should conduct regular security assessments to identify any vulnerabilities in their systems and processes. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leverage stolen or weak passwords. Implementing robust encryption techniques, enforcing strong password policies, and implementing multi-factor authentication can help strengthen security measures and ensure compliance with PCI DSS requirements.

Additionally, organizations should regularly review and update their security policies and procedures to keep pace with evolving threats and industry best practices. By staying proactive and vigilant, organizations can better protect cardholder data and maintain compliance with PCI DSS.

Critical Warning Sign #3:

Failure to Conduct Regular Compliance Audits


Organizations may overlook gaps or deficiencies in their security practices without regular audits.

According to the Verizon 2023 Payment Security Report, only 43% of organizations maintain sustainability compliance with PCI DSS requirements. This indicates a widespread lack of adherence to regulatory standards and underscores the importance of regular compliance audits in maintaining PCI DSS compliance.

Additionally, organizations should maintain thorough documentation of their compliance efforts, including audit reports, security policies, and procedures. This documentation demonstrates compliance with regulatory authorities and serves as a valuable resource for internal monitoring and improvement efforts.

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Ensuring compliance with the PCI DSS is essential for organizations handling payment card data. By recognizing and addressing critical warning signs of non-compliance, organizations can better protect cardholder data and mitigate the risk of data breaches and regulatory penalties. 

Organizations can strengthen their security posture and maintain compliance with PCI DSS requirements by prioritizing employee awareness and training, implementing robust security measures, and conducting regular compliance audits.

Never have to Worry About PCI DSS Compliance


At Customer Centrics, we understand the importance of PCI DSS compliance and prioritize the security of our client's payment and collection processes. With our comprehensive solutions and dedicated support, clients never have to worry about encountering any of these critical warning signs. 


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