As a result of the recent spate of high-profile data breaches at brand name retailers, compromising credit and debit card and other personally identifiable information for hundreds of millions of consumers in the process, data security has become priority No. 1 for many retailers in 2014. And for good reason: The consequences of suffering a data breach are numerous, and none of them are positive — consumer mistrust, a drop in traffic and a decrease in sales, to name just a few.
With retailers recently testifying before Congress that they’re facing increasingly sophisticated threats from cyber criminals, and no end to those in sight, it’s become apparent that your company needs to implement strategies that will protect itself from a costly data breach. Here are 10 ways you can more easily achieve that goal while maintaining required PCI compliance (all of these tips fall within one of five buckets — visibility; asset control; enforcement; trust policy; advance measurement.)