SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

July 08, 2008 10:00 ET

PCI Programs Making Significant Strides Among Best-in-Class Organizations

Aberdeen Research Shows That Best-in-Class Organizations Have Made Solid Year-Over-Year Gains in Achieving, and Sustaining, PCI Compliance

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the availability of a new benchmark report on "PCI DSS and Protecting Cardholder Data," which shows that Best-in-Class organizations have indeed achieved superior protection of cardholder data through compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Across the 12 high-level security requirements specified by PCI DSS, encouraging gains were made by all companies in the study when compared to a similar benchmark conducted one year ago.

"The payment card industry has made steady progress in establishing a common set of security standards, evangelizing best practices, and encouraging adoption," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen. "Beyond the mere reporting of compliance with PCI, between 40-50% of the top-performing companies actually reduced the number of failed audits and the number of data security incidents, as well as the time and cost to address them."

Although a wide range of services and technologies must be brought to bear to address the 12 high-level security requirements specified by PCI DSS, solution areas in which the top performers showed the strongest year-over-year improvement included vulnerability and risk assessments, infrastructure security, data protection, application security, and tracking and monitoring solutions such as log management and information and event management.

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: LogLogic, MegaPath, SenSage, SAINT Corporation and Voltage Security. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=4892.

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