PCI ushered in but confusion persists

Retailers will be scrambling to secure themselves as the PCI credit card data requirements come into force.

Retailers will be scrambling to secure themselves as the PCI credit card data requirements come into force.

The introduction of PCI has been protracted but today the clauses that cover the necessity of having a firewall and carrying out application and infrastructure audits comes into force.

Those specialising in application audits and PCI are bracing themselves for a flood of enquiries from concerned retailers that have failed to get ready in time.

"A lot of customer will not make today's deadline and are in for a very busy second half of the year," said Mike Puglia,director of product management at Veracode.

He added that PCI was made up of 12 requirements, that covered firewalls to physical security, and it had been a long time coming.

Despite the time that PCI had taken to get to the point where it has today there were still problems that the channel can get involved in clearing up said Sumedh Thakar, PCI Development Manager at Qualys.

"We are already seeing a lot of confusion around merchants about what they need to do and they are asking what the best way is to get compliance," he said.

He added that merchants at the smaller end of the scale were among those that had so far struggled with the demands of PCI and were partly hindered by the lack of internal IT expertise.

"It does offer resellers of [PCI products] with a lot of option," said Thakar.

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