Confused about PCI compliance?

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Most small business owners know about PCI Data Security Compliance which requires them to follow 12 stated safeguards to protect the credit card information of the consumers. Here is an article that highlights two sides to this argument.

The interviewee, being a PCI compliance consultant, highlights the importance of being PCI compliant and describes penalties that you will encounter if you don’t.

However, it is interesting to see the comments from two “frustrated” users who lash out against the idea of PCI compliance. One of them says –

Our shopping cart provider is pushing a $4000 upgrade on us with veiled threats that some of their clients that chose not to upgrade have already been fined.

One of the small business owners I work with, talked to me about how his bank required him to follow computer security guidelines or else face penalties. I intend to gather more information about PCI compliance in the coming days and share via this blog.