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Why is PCI DSS important?


Most hackers don’t want to hack into the U.S. Treasury. They prefer easy money from soft targets. That is why 85% of cyber-theft involves small to medium size businesses (SMBs).

It’s clear to see that PCI compliance is in everyone’s interest. It’s a wise and prudent thing to do. It is business/consumer protection.

Compliance is a critical baseline that experts have defined as a best practice. If a breach does occur, you'll be better prepared to respond and better positioned for success knowing that you've done the best anyone can ask.

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Business Protection and Credit Cards

At Garner IT Consulting, we have the goal of protecting your computer network and its data while your business expands and prospers. With that goal in mind, we provide security expertise to help you comply with the rigorous security requirements of the Payment Card Industry (PCI).

The reality is there is nothing you can do to secure your data against cyber threats fully. Even being "perfectly compliant" won't achieve that unrealistic goal. However, compliance is a critical baseline that experts have defined as a best practice. If a breach does occur, you'll be better prepared to respond and better positioned for success knowing that you've done the best anyone can ask.

The professionals at Garner IT provide a cost-effective approach to PCI compliance that will ensure maximum data security, your peace of mind, and success for your business.

Why Payment Card Security Matters

Compliance with the guidelines, rules, and quality assurance protocols of the PCI Security Standards Council is necessary to protect everyone involved. Customer’s credit can be affected, and merchants and financial institutions lose credibility and business. Credit card systems can get hacked, but if they are, you don't want the loss of vital customer information tracked back to poor security practices in your business. Also, organizations may be subject to numerous and varied financial liabilities and associated legal litigation.

You want to assure your customers that you're protecting their data and purchasing power. And they want that assurance from you – and from the credit/debit card companies – before they will do business with you. Protection and trust lead to customer satisfaction. They don't want to be at risk; you don't want to be at fault, and no one wants to lose money to thieves digital hackers or dishonest employees.

It is best for everyone concerned to work together and follow the Council’s guidance. Refreshingly, these compliance rules have been established worldwide by the private business sector. They are not the regulations of a federal or foreign government agency. It's an excellent example of how businesses can work together in the best interest of their customers and themselves.

The best assurance of protecting your customers and their payment card data is to remain in compliance with continual monitoring and enforcement of controls specified in the PCI Data Security Standard. Following the PCI Security Standard is good business practice.

Size Does Matter

Most hackers don’t want to hack into the U.S. Treasury. They prefer easy money from soft targets. That is why 85% of cyber-theft involves small to medium size businesses (SMBs). SMBs are considered easy marks for these cold-hearted crooks. There are far more SMBs than giant corporations. Most SMBs are not implementing adequate security measures, which results in a significant market for soft targets and easy paydays for hackers. It’s vitally important that SMBs take appropriate precautions to protect customer data and themselves.

Compliance Continuum

It’s clear to see that PCI compliance is in everyone’s interest. It’s a wise and prudent thing to do. It is business/consumer protection. That’s why the Council was created and exists. If you accept credits cards and are not in compliance when something goes wrong, you’re the responsible party, not the credit card company or the bank. And just like running your business, compliance is a continual process requiring monitoring and review.

Security and compliance are not one-time projects you can just check off the "to do" list. Your business changes - business processes, products/services, replacing technology, employee turnover, etc. The bad guys are continually looking for ways to steal your data. You should plan to review your PCI compliance continuously to measure the effectiveness of your compliance program and uncover any new risks that may appear in your business.

It can be technically complicated and costly for a business owner or manager to ensure his or her compliance. That's where the professionals at Garner IT Consulting can help.

Efficient and Cost-Effective Compliance

We want to help ensure that your business stays protected if anything ever goes wrong. That's why Garner IT specializes in providing PCI Compliance Services for our clients. We shield you with specialized tools designed to ensure your business remains safely in compliance with the Council’s regulations. We'll set up an evaluation meeting time and location – at your convenience – and explain what we do and how we do it. And we will also demonstrate why it is wise to have a local IT partner who personally knows your business and goals and is accessible 24/7. We'll provide a PCI business analysis, a management plan, and a compliance system that ensures your protection.

Garner IT Consulting Can Help

As experienced IT Consultants, Garner IT can lead you through a simple, efficient, and cost-effective process that will keep your business compliant with the payment card standards and various credit card companies. We can minimize risk and maximize your business's security. This investment typically leads to significant increases in business productivity for you as well.

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Garner IT knows how detrimental to your business it can be to have computer and server problems preventing you from being productive. We also understand waiting on technicians while you can’t fill orders and customers are complaining just compounds the problem. We value your time! When you have a technical problem and call our support team we guarantee to have one of our experienced technician responding to your problem within 60 minutes or less.

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