If you process credit cards you have to be PCI compliant because the industry requires it. A startling number of businesses still are not taking PCI compliance seriously because it just seems like a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo & doesn’t make a lot of sense. This is where your personal responsibility comes into play. It may take just the slightest effort you could find out what it really means and why I keep writing about how important and serious the PCI DSS (payment card industry data security standard) really is.
An ABC news outlet reported on a video released by al Qaeda leadership that called for devout Muslims to wage an electronic jihad against the United States and Western Europe. In the video, the speaker makes comparisons between computer American network vulnerabilities and flaws that existed in aviation security prior to the September 11th attacks. The FBI got hold of this video last year and was recently released by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The speaker in the video calls upon radical Islamists to launch cyber attacks focusing on critical infrastructure and vulnerable computer networks. The video also suggests attacks on the electrical grid. Now do you think, just maybe, that the severity and urgency of the PCI DSS is something you need to address if you haven’t already?
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said in a statement: “This is the clearest evidence we’ve seen that al Qaeda and other [Muslim] terrorist groups want to attack the cyber systems of our critical infrastructure.” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a ranking member on the committee says that, “This video is troubling as it urges al Qaeda adherents to launch a cyber attack on America.” National security experts warn that the threat of an attack by cyber terrorists is quite real and that the tools required to perpetrate the kinds of attacks they aspire to are nearly within their grasp.
This bodes not well for the misguided business owner processing credit cards or other sensitive authentication data who are still not PCI compliant. PCI compliance is real and essential. Get PCI compliant. Do it now, today. See our home page to find out how your business can be PCI compliant quickly, easily and, best of all, absolutely free of charge. It’s worth your time.