What Happens If You Are Not PCI Compliant?
1. You May Suffer Financial Losses
Merchants ignoring the growing adoption of PCI DSS do so at their own peril as the penalties for non-PCI compliance are severe. Non-PCI compliant merchants and payment processors can face fines from $5,000 to $500,000, depending on a variety of factors. In 2006 alone, Visa reported imposing $4.6 million in fines.
Additional costs include:
- Notification, card reissuance, and credit monitoring costs for affected parties
- Forensic investigation and remediation costs
- Increased rates charged by banks and/or processors
2. You May Lose The Ability To Accept Credit Cards
More devastating than fines, credit card companies may also revoke the right of a merchant to process credit card transactions, providing a “virtual death sentence” for many organizations.
3. You May Loose Clientele Due To Negative Reputation
Reputational damage, lost business and reduced partner/ consumer confidence and trust are just some of the after-effects of a data breach. Reports demonstrate that 69% of consumers would be less inclined to conduct business with a breached entity, which can even lower share price and impact the ability to raise capital in the future.
It is evident that the cost for getting and staying PCI compliant is pale in comparison to the potential costs and fines associated with data breach. The good news is that just by adopting the PCI DSS operating guidelines, entities can mitigate many, if not all of these risks.
It is not unusual for business owners to feel frustrated by the rules and requirements surrounding PCI DSS. Additional obligations excite few people, however the most productive way for merchants to think about PCI compliance is as a set of continuously evolving security best practices benefitting their business.
Engaging a Qualified Security and Compliance Professional company such as CAM can simplify the process and help your organization adopt these practices and achieve compliance. Contact us at 818-356-7187 and ask for Michael Bowers.