Encryption (Yes, It Really Is that Simple)

Security Metrics released their third study on unencrypted card data; the results were astonishing as 63% of businesses do not encrypt credit cards. This means that businesses are storing the 16-digit Primary Account Number (PAN) in the clear. 7% of businesses are storing the magnetic stripe data found on the back of the card.[1] Not only is storing unencrypted card information reckless—putting organizations and their customers at risk—it violates Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).