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Slow retailers face missing PCI deadline

Simon Quicke

The deadline for retailers to be prepared for PCI is looming nearer with a feeling from those selling security tools to ensure compliance that a portion of the market is still not ready.

PCI for large retailers kicks in at the end of this month but there are indications that some will miss the deadline.

Level-one merchants, those that process more then six million credit card transactions a year, have to be audited by a qualified security assessor to find out where they need compliance.

Alex Teh, commercial director at Vigil Software, said that it had concerns that some were only at the early stages of rolling out PCI projects.

"Many organisations are at risk of not being compliant by the deadline," he added that those that wanted to be compliant had to make moves quickly to work out what data needed to be covered.

Writing in a letter that is appearing in MicroScope, David Caughtry, director of core technologies division at ComputerLinks, highlighted the role that resellers can play in stemming customer panic.

"For many businesses, achieving these objectives can seem a daunting and potentially painful process. However, if resellers provide these businesses with the consulting they need, then they will be able to achieve their compliance and security goals without deflecting their attention from serving their customers," he writes.


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