In the Target Aftermath: 3 Critical PCI Data Security Reminders for Restaurant Owners

By Jennifer Wiebe

With the holiday season breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus taking over the news, data security and PCI compliance are getting tons of airtime. But the problem goes beyond retail; in fact, historically, the most frequent victims of data theft have been restaurants and their guests.

The PCI Data Security Standard mandates security controls in restaurants—including your point of sale system and network—to protect cardholder data.

As a restaurant operator, you bear most of the risk, responsibility, and costs associated with a data breach in your restaurants. Following a breach, owners face hefty fines, privacy notifications, ongoing audits, and mandatory reporting.

To protect your customers’ data, and safeguard your business:

  1. Understand the requirements of Payment Card Industry data security, and make sure you are in compliance.
  2. Verify that your POS application and payment processor are PA-DSS validated. The requirements for PA-DSS validation changed in October, so if you haven’t checked recently, make sure your provider is validated. Check supported versions separately for New and Existing Deployments if you have added a new location (or plan to).
  3. Review your system’s PA-DSS Implementation Guide and your own security measures. PCI compliance requires security measures that touch everything from network setup and remote access to password handling, locks, and internal security policies.

Learn more:

Restaurant PCI Basics - Read the guide now


Posted on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 @ 07:01 AM.
Updated on April 16, 2019 @ 3:59 PM PST.

Posted by Jennifer Wiebe

An occasional contributor to On Point, Jennifer led the marketing team at SpeedLine from 2002 to 2018. She loves books, yoga, playing at the beach, and commenting on bad TV with her family.

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Tags: loss prevention, Restaurant Payment Security

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