A major data security breach still makes headlines, but it no longer surprises most consumers. Internet mayhem and identity theft are now a universal part of the relentless, illegal pursuit of data.
Consumers can take steps to protect themselves, but once they engage with an organization, the obligation to protect their information lies with the new owner of their data—You.
Those who trust their financial and personal data to you really have no way of knowing the steps you’ve taken (or not taken) to safeguard their information. And that begs these questions:
What steps HAVE you taken to safeguard your camp customers’ valuable information? How do you know it’s protected?
Know the Risk
As companies collect more data, protecting it and tracking access to it is becoming a priority. Because industry research shows that 92% of data breaches are avoidable, data protection must be a proactive concern for all camps, schools and other children’s programs:
- 93% of organizations that lose their data center for 10+ days go bankrupt
within a year.
- 43% of organizations that experience a disaster never reopen.
- Only 6% of organizations without a disaster recovery plan will survive long term.
How To Protect Your Customer’s Credit Card
No matter the size, any organization taking credit card payments is responsible for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance. This involves meeting a set of specific security standards that were developed to protect card information during and after a financial transaction. All card brands require PCI Compliance, and failure to comply can result in:
- Financial penalties and fines
- Revocation of ability to accept payment cards
- Loss of consumer confidence
- Insurance claims
- Lawsuits, including legal costs
- Higher subsequent costs of compliance
And, of course, without PCI safeguards, your customer’s data is at risk.
Do You Have the Time and Expertise to do this?
Minimum PCI compliance has 6 major objectives, requiring 12 major steps. It is time-consuming, difficult, and expensive to meet these standards:
Security and the Cloud: It Pays to Be Big
The Cloud is growing and is the most popular—and arguably safest—way to store data. Even so, most small organizations like camps and schools simply cannot afford the kind of security needed today. Even if their data is stored in a certified data center, they are often ineligible for the redundancy of data, power, and cooling that is available to larger and Enterprise-level corporations, as this diagram illustrates:
ACTIVE has been not only operating but also mastering Enterprise-level, Cloud-based technology for over a decade. We are also certified for the highest level of PCI compliance.
Data breaches can be catastrophic but, fortunately, they can also be avoided with the right compliance and data security. Do you really want to own the risk or would you rather leave it to an organization that qualifies for this level of protection?