There are all sorts of aspects of computer security and no-one is an expert in all of them. Even though it may seem like remote network exploits are the ones that get all of the press, there are others that are just as dangerous and can ruin lives. This is why we have guidelines in all areas of our lives that we use a computer in. This is especially true in the financial arena. More than anywhere else, our financial lives are dictated more than ever by the use of a computer and we must make sure that we are well secured.
When it comes to credit card usage, one of the ways that we stay secure is through the use of PCI. This is the standard of security for credit card purchases and if you are a store who accepts credit cards both online and off, you have to make sure that you follow these guidelines.
What does PCI stand for?
PCI is just a nick name and the actual full name is PCI DSS.
That stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
This standard makes sure that all of the people who take credit card payments are following the same security standards. And this is a good thing if your job is in the computer security world. If you are protecting a network whose web sites take credit card transactions you want to make sure that you are protected from basic attacks. Having a standard in place takes care of that. That way your job is to only look for the unusual. You can rest assured already knowing that all of the basics are taken care of. You do not have to worry about attacks on your credit card processor that have been done thousands of times before.
If you want to make sure that all of the basics are covered it is good to have a standard to work with. It is a great starting point. You just want to make sure that you build on it to ensure that you are able to keep up with new types of attacks.