Verizon Data Breach Investigation: The numbers say PCI IS important

The 2009 Data Breach Investigation by Verizon is out, and I have to be honest, all I’ve had time to read so far has been pages 41-43. Why those pages? Because they’re the pages that specifically call out the statistics surrounding breaches affecting merchants who are (or should be) complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). Not at all surprising, at least to me, is that the study found that PCI compliance is important and that 81% of the companies researched in this report weren’t PCI compliant at the time of the breach. Of course, that also means that 19% of the companies breached had either self-assessed or been assessed by a QSA and were thought to be compliant at the time of the breach.

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