Credit cards risked by standards failure

Summary:If you're giving someone your credit card details, you'd like to think they were being handled securely. But a recent report from Verizon Business has revealed that a mere 22 per cent of organisations surveyed were fully compliant with the relevant security standard, the PCI DSS.

If you're giving someone your credit card details, you'd like to think they were being handled securely. But a recent report from Verizon Business has revealed that a mere 22 per cent of organisations surveyed were fully compliant with the relevant security standard, the PCI DSS.

On Patch Monday this week, Stilgherrian discusses the Verizon Payment Card Industry Compliance Report (PDF) with Mark Goudie, who heads Verizon Business' forensics practice in Melbourne. He explains that companies that were failing compliance were also failing in ways that directly affected their ability to keep cardholder data secure. As with so many security-related matters, it was more a matter of human systems than technology.

We also discuss the latest on the National Broadband Network (NBN) with journalist and telco analyst Richard Chirgwin. The Tasmanian Government has decided to make an NBN fibre connection opt-out rather than opt-in. Opposition Communications Spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull claims this reveals the flaws in the NBN Co business model, and that householders will be forced to use the NBN. Is he right?

Patch Monday also has Stilgherrian's random look at the week's IT news.

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Running time: 24 minutes, 54 seconds

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Security

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit tr... Full Bio

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