How Safe is your Credit/Debit Card?
Aug 20, 2009, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)
"Heartland, Hannaford, TJX, and more - gaining access to
information relating to an astonishing 130 million credit and debit
cards or more.
"With so many breaches in the news, you might understandably be
wondering how safe your own financial information is, and whether
anyone is doing anything to protect you. Happily, the answer is
"yes," and as it happens, the organization that has been tackling
this problem is a client of mine, PCI Security Standards Council,
which creates and enables a global, end to end ecosystem of
standards, certifications, auditors and more to secure payment card
data from the moment that your card gets swiped on a reader to the
time it reaches its ultimate destination.
"I dedicated the last issue of Standards Today to the topic of
cybersecurity, and included an in-depth interview with PCI SSC's
General Manager, Bob Russo, who should make you feel better about
the security of your own financial information - at least to the
extent that those that handle your information comply with PCI SSC
standards. Moreover, the holistic approach that PCI SSC has adopted
can, and hopefully will, serve as a model for protecting other
areas of your personal, private information as well - such as the
electronic health records that care providers will now need to
securely create, store, and share."