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Confidence tricks – how PCI DSS compliance helps you win your customers’ trust

Loss of confidence in online transactions and data held on individuals is amongst the greatest potential risks facing any on line retailer, financial institution or public facing body. Headlines abound on data losses from banks, social websites and health providers. Each breach represents a significant blow to the reputation of the business suffering it and …

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Outsourcers and homeworkers need to be PCI DSS compliant too

Organizations taking payment over the phone, both private and public sector, are now rapidly embracing the regulatory requirement to ensure that card payments over the phone are secure. In the early days of tackling compliance, ‘clean rooming’ agents was a method used to ensure card numbers couldn’t be inadvertently stored or misused, by ensuring that …

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Telephone number changes – 0845 ain’t dead yet!

You’re probably aware that the regulator Ofcom imposed a change to the revenue regime on all UK numbers beginning 08, 09 and 118, which took effect on the 1st of July 2015.  This suggests another review of inbound telephony numbering may be worthwhile, after CCICACR (the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations) which …

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If you don’t need the card data, don’t touch it!

Call centers, when it comes to PCI DSS compliance give the problem to someone else I have been a PCI DSS QSA for seven years now, and involved in the information security industry for 15. In that time I have assessed and advised all manner of customers, large and small, across various sectors and in various aspects …

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10 simple ways to reduce average call handling time in your contact center

Average call handling time is one of the most common metrics that call center managers use to measure the performance of their teams. It’s an easy metric to measure and provides a clear indication of how efficiently the call center is operating. Reducing average call handling time can lead to significant gains in productivity but …

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How to make your call recordings PCI DSS compliant

It’s common practice nowadays for organizations to record telephone calls between staff and customers. This might be for quality control, for staff monitoring and training, or as part of customer service and complaints review. Indeed, in many industries (particularly financial services) the recording of calls is a regulatory requirement. Call recording throws up a number …

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