As from 30 September 2007 all businesses handling cardholder data have to be fully compliant with strict security standards drawn up by the world’s major credit card companies.

The move to tighten up security comes as an increasing number of firms report that customer data has been lost or stolen.
Since companies are constantly at risk of losing sensitive cardholder data, which could result in fines, legal action and bad publicity, achieving compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) should be high on the agenda of companies who store, transmit or process credit card data.
GFI Software, a developer of network security, content security and messaging software, has launched a white paper to explain what the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) are, how they affect different companies and the repercussions of non-compliance.
AfricaSD is holding a PCI Summit on 17 July, where a technician from GFI Software will explain the technical issues and requirements of PCI DSS compliance, as well as how GFI Software can help companies achieve PCI DSS.
The company urges the IT managers of banks, financial institutions, educational institutions, healthcare organisations, hotels, restaurants, government institutions, manufacturing, retail and technology companies to attend the event.