Can’t we just ignore PCI DSS?

Whether you’re seeing resistance from the board level or from within the IT department, the consensus is that adopting the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is still a “sensible thing to do from a security perspective”.

And in fact, if your organization transmits, processes or stores payment card data you must comply with PCI DSS. This compliance standard is a contractual obligation applied and enforced – by means of fines or other restrictions – directly by the payment providers themselves.

So in answer to the question ‘Can’t we just ignore PCI DSS?’ – the response is simply, ‘No’.

Source: SC Magazine

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