May News Round-Up: The Latest PCI Data Security Standard Update, and New Info on Data Breaches

Published May 20, 2016 by 2 min read

The Latest PCI Data Security Standard Update

PCI compliance is important for all companies accepting or processing card payments. The PCI Security Standards Council introduced a new version of its data security standard, version 3.2, at the end of April. There is a phase-in (sunrise) period for use of the new version. Customers currently undergoing or scheduled to undergo a PCI audit can use the old 3.1 standard until October of 2016. Customers scheduling an audit after October will have to use the new 3.2 framework.

The transition to the new framework can be made easier with a GRC tool to help you identify the changed requirements and map your existing security controls to meet the new objectives.

You can find more details on version 3.2 of the PCI Data Security Standard including key changes, in the following press release:

PCI Security Standards Council released new version of its data security standard

The 2016 Verizon Data Breaches Investigation Report

Verizon recently released its annual Data Breaches Investigations Report that shares findings and trends on the digital threat landscape based on data from thousands of organizations. The report makes it abundantly clear that data breaches continue to be common, and pose a risk to organizations regardless of size, location, industry, and level of investment in information security.

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The following article discusses some key findings from the report:

Takeaways from the 2016 Verizon data breach investigations report

Healthcare Suffers Estimated $6.2 Billion In Data Breaches

As discussed in the Verizon story above, data breaches continue to be common. In healthcare they can impact much more than just your bottom line. As IT in healthcare becomes increasingly common, the impact of data breaches and malicious activity becomes more dire. Recent examples include ransomware at hospitals which locked users out of patient records and medical systems, making it impossible for the hospital to fulfill its mission—which could lead to loss of life.

The following article further dives into the costs incurred from data breaches in the healthcare industry:

Healthcare Suffers Estimated $6.2 Billion In Data Breaches

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