Skills shortage & malaise cited for low PCI DSS compliance in businesses

An acute shortage of people joining the cyber security workforce and malaise on the part of businesses has been cited as reasons for a low level of PCI DSS certification amongst retailers across industries.

According to Verizon’s 2017 Payment Security Report, just 55.4% companies assessed were fully PCI DSS compliant at interim validation. While the numbers are encouraging compared to 48.4% in 2015, it is worrying that just over half of those accepting payments are cyber security certified. This basically means that nearly half of stores, hotels, restaurants, practices and other businesses are still failing to maintain compliance from year to year. And also failing from passing on the advantages of using of a certified and secure system to customers.