The Security Hot Seat: PCI Security Standard

As the number of card breaches hits new records, the industry standard created to prevent these breaches finds itself in the Hot Seat

Last week sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John's said a hacker accessed payment systems at 216 of its stores and stole credit and debit card data. The chain is the latest victim in a series of security breaches among retailers including Target, Michaels Stores, Neiman Marcus, eBay, and last week’s Security Hot Seat member: Home Depot.

The constant flow of breaches begs a series of larger questions about PCI-DSS, the industry standard designed to help prevent these breaches. Is something inherently missing in this regulation? Is it even worth focusing on PCI compliance?

There has been much written on the topic and even Gartner's security experts debate the regulation’s merits. Gartner security and risk analyst Anton Chuvakin (author of PCI Compliance: Understand and Implement Effective PCI Data Security Standard Compliance) says PCI is a good starting point while fellow Gartner fraud expert Avivah Litan believes the security standard has largely been a failure.

So what do think? What side of the debate are you on - is PCI serving its purpose as a starting point for security or has PCI failed?

Brian Mullins
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Brian Mullins

Brian Mullins is vice president of product marketing at Digital Guardian. His team is responsible for strategic marketing at the product line level. Brian has over seven years of security executive experience in both data protection and identity and access management. He is a patent holder and winner of a Business Week International Design Excellence Award.

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