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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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Ten tips for offering your callers a positive IVR experience

IVR (interactive voice response) is a powerful tool and, when used well, can help you significantly improve the service that you offer callers to your contact center as well as offer you greater operational efficiency. However when it’s badly used, IVR can be a huge source of frustration for callers and ultimately results in lost …

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Managing multi-channel communication in contact centers – challenges and opportunities

The way customers interact with business is changing. The phone is being replaced as the first point of contact by the company website, often reached from a mobile device, allowing for an interaction far richer than can be achieved by phone alone. Customer interactions can  now move from one channel to another, escalating in the depth …

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PCI DSS compliance – why does it matter and how can you ensure your call center is compliant?

PCI DSS (payment card industry data security standard) is a set of standards designed to ensure that any company which processes, stores or transmits credit card information does so securely. If you ever handle any credit or debit card payments over the phone in your contact center then PCI DSS applies to you, regardless of …

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