With a number of high-profile security breaches plaguing thefinancial sector over the past year, the Payment Card IndustrySecurity Standards Council has introduced a series ofguidelines intended to help organizations ensure compliance withPCI-DSS.

Issued in November, the guidelines advise organizations thathandle debit or credit card data how to best conduct their annualrisk assessments, as mandated in PCI DSS Requirement 12.1.2.

These guidelines certainly reinforce how compliance has hardenedfrom suggestive or advisory directives to true mandates with heftyfines and strict consequences for those failing to take heed. With harsher enforcement by government agencies, compliancehas also evolved from merely ticking a box on a checklist toimplementing, sometimes arduous and complex, processes.

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