PCI Compliance Game Plan for Insurance Companies

The insurance industry faces tremendous challenges when it comes to protecting customer data. Due to the nature of the business, a vast amount of sensitive information is collected about each customer. New stringent regulations demand that the data is kept secure, with steep penalties for non-compliance. Meanwhile, large databases of sensitive data are enticing targets for increasingly savvy hackers who can use that information for identity theft, fraudulent payments, and more. The consequences of a security breach are numerous and often devastating: lost customers, damaged brand and reputation, government fines, the cost of revising the information technology infrastructure, and a public relations crisis. How do you run a successful, PCI compliant insurance company without becoming a data security expert as well?