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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."

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