Please join me on July 7 for an informative webcast on Maintaining PCI Compliance! To register or attend, please go to: http://www.brighttalk.com/webcasts/4431/attend.

Now that Level I merchants have undergone a few annual Payment Card Industry (PCI) assessments (and Level 2 merchants are soon to be doing the same), they are addressing the realization that a mature, sustainable compliance program requires more than once-a-year rallying to prepare for, participate in, and pass an assessment. Daily operational focus and ongoing effort are vital to protect investments in compliance, manage risk, and minimize the business disruptions and costs associated with achieving and demonstrating compliance year after year. This presentation discusses best practices for building a compliance program that can be supported and maintained year-round while also alleviating the burden on IT staff. When implemented effectively, the practices can help your company mitigate risk, reduce costs, and boost confidence in compliance by developing a cohesive plan for ongoing PCI assessment, maintenance, and refinement.

This post originally appeared on BrandenWilliams.com.