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Best Practices to Protect the Cardholder Data Environment and Achieve PCI Compliance

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Executive Summary

Cyber-attacks designed for financial gain are on the rise, targeting proprietary information including customer and financial information. With over 127 million records exposed in 20071 in the US alone, attacks have become more sophisticated, involving not only attacks at both the network layer and the application layer but also other attack vectors such as social manipulation, breakdown in internal security processes and trusted insider abuse. The cost to businesses, in lost revenue and customer loss, can be staggering. TJX estimates that it spent over $20M related to its late 2006 breach, including settling lawsuits and addressing data security issues. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a worldwide standard designed to help organizations secure cardholder processing environments.

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