PCI DSS is Gathering Momentum: Get Compliant or Risk Penalties from Card Brands

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US-wide local compliance regulations to make American businesses comply with the Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) are one step nearer with Nevada's landmark decision to pass such a law.

US-wide local compliance regulations to make American businesses comply with the Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) are one step nearer with Nevada's landmark decision to pass such a law. The implications are clear for all merchants processing credit and charge cards in the US, warns independent e-commerce expert IT Governance (http://www.itgovernanceusa.com/), which has produced a special set of resources for American businesses worried about how to prepare for such a move.

Nevada lawmakers recently made it legally binding for all businesses accepting the Nevadan citizens' payment card to comply with PCI when collecting or transmitting payment card information. "This is a major step forward in terms of bringing this compliance regime onto a statutory footing, and we should expect to see the process gather pace and states across North America looking to mandate compliance with this industry standard," says IT Governance's CEO, Alan Calder.

To help smaller US businesses in particular meet this challenge quickly and cost-effectively, IT Governance is announcing an inexpensive compliance resource to greatly simplify and speed up the goal of ensuring compliance and protecting the business.

The package - the PCI Compliance and Support Contract for the Smaller Business (http://www.27001.com/pci-smaller-businesses.aspx) - brings together consultancy, training and scanning services together with extensive ex-Qualified Security Assessors resources, at a price that merchants gearing up for PCI DSS can afford, and with built-in discounts for longer-term contracts.

"PCI has moved from a contractual requirement to a statutory one in Nevada - and other states are likely to follow," explains Calder. "We are offering our successful and highly cost-effective PCI compliance service to the smaller merchant, who is a likely target for the fraudsters - which will help US vendors meet their compliance needs, as well as their year end deadlines."

Notes to Editors:

IT Governance Ltd is the one-stop shop for books, tools, training and consultancy for governance, risk management and compliance. It is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is 'non-geek', approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. Its customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at http://www.itgovernance.co.uk.

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Contact:

Marc Cornelius
IT Governance
+44 (0)20 7664 6310
http://www.itgovernanceusa.com

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