PCI Compliance: Are UK Businesses Ready

August 30, 2010

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) will apply to organisations in the UK from September 30th 2010.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is one of the most prescriptive data protection standards ever developed. It addresses the ever-increasing threats to customer cardholder data by requiring security controls for the cardholder data environment. As a pass/fail regulation, organizations must pass each and every one of the 214 requirements to be certified as PCI compliant.


  • Only 12% of United Kingdom (UK) organizations processing credit and debit cardholder data are currently certified as being PCI compliant.
  • While 58% of Level 1 merchants have been audited and certified as compliant, that falls to 6%, 8% and 4% for Level 2, 3 and 4 organizations.
  • Over half (57%) of retail organizations admit to not fully understanding the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
  • Brand awareness and fear of reputation damage is a significant driver for achieving PCI compliance.
  • Over three quarters (77%) of organizations have had no difficulty in securing funding and resource to ensure PCI DSS requirements are met.
  • 88% of organizations have senior management on the PCI DSS team or working group—a figure that is 100% for Level 1 organizations.

Source: http://www.tripwire.com/register/?resourceId=9860

Few keyboard shortcuts

August 30, 2010

1. Jump to the beginning of any Microsoft application by pressing Ctrl + Home.

2. Create a simple bar chart within a set of data in Excel by pressing F11 in any cell.

3. Switch from one window to the next with Alt-Tab.

4. Using F4 to repeat your last action is definitely a time saver in Microsoft Word.

5. Move to another page quickly with the F5 key, which brings up the Go To box.

6. Take advantage of the shortcut power of macros.

7. Some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts Examples: Control + [ to decrease font size one point at a time, and Control + ] to increase font size one point at a time.

8. File away e-mails, once you’ve read them, by pressing Shift + Enter + V to pull up your Folders. Type in the first few letters of a folder name to call it up, then hit Enter.

9. Lock your keyboard with Windows Key + L, and minimize your screen with Windows Key + M.

10. Generate white space between paragraphs (12 pt. of spacing) in Word and Outlook by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 0 (zero)

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