Whether its for personal or business reasons, email has become an indispensable method of communication in the modern world (and has been for quite some time). But thats exactly why emails are some of the biggest targets for hackers and cybercriminals. And its also why individuals, businesses, and all organizations are trying to send secure emails via enhanced email encryption.
Encrypting your cardholder data environment (CDE) is of paramount importance if youre keen on not just protecting your customers card data, but also salvaging your organizations data security. If your company handles any amount of credit card information, it must comply with the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards).
There were 1,579 data breaches with over 178 million records exposed in 2017 alone. That averages about four data breaches a day for the entire year of 2017. Let that sink in for a second. That amounts to a nearly 45% overall increase over 2016 figures. Thankfully, there are ways that you can avoid a data breach, but these figures still lend themselves to have a bit of sticker shock. One way that companies can protect themselves from payment card data breaches is protecting their cardholder data environment (CDE) via PCI (Payment Card Industry) DSS (Data Security Standard) compliance. Any organization or merchant that accepts, transmits or stores any cardholder data must comply with PCI DSS.
Merchants need to protect the cardholder data that they collect and encryption is one of the ways this is accomplished. Encryption by itself is not enough to place data out of scope for PCI DSS. This blog will cover what a cardholder data environment is, how encrypted data is part of that environment, and how encryption fits into the scope of PCI compliance.
History shows that societies with the best cryptography dominate the world. From the ancient Persians, to Germany, to England and the USA, there is at least a strong correlation between the robustness of a societys information security and their resultant global influence & success.
But what does that mean for you and your business? Are you aware that you probably use (or should use) encryption every single day? Data stored on your PCs hard drive is considered at rest – residing in one physical location for most of the time.