What does PCI compliance have to do with The Exorcist?
May 28, 2010
I love horror movies…and one of the all-time greatest was filmed right here in DC…The Exorcist. So, why do I think of PCI compliance when I think of the Exorcist? The answer is quite simple…
PCI is frightening. And many sales people have done a spectacular job scaring the bajeezus out of our entire industry. If you just listened to what they had to say, you’d think Armageddon (1998, Bruce Willis classic, also filmed in DC) was about to hit the health and fitness industry.
I agree that PCI compliance does present a Clear and Present Danger (1994, DC) to your business. But you should take time to understand what it really means and how easily you can prepare for it.
First, it is NOT the law of the land. It is not overseen by the government. In fact PCI came about when A Few Good Men (1992, DC) got together to prevent All the President’s Men (1976, DC) from getting lawmakers in Washington involved. This way the industry can regulate itself and take action to protect consumers on its own instead of being government regulated.
Second, the truth is there is No Way Out (1987, DC) from under PCI. Anybody who processes credit cards need to be compliant by July 1st, 2010 (1984, DC). Chances Are (1988, DC) businesses that aren’t compliant will likely face additional fees and a potential increase in processing rates. Using certified PCI compliant club management software and billing platforms like Motionsoft is a simple step to help you get closer to making sure your own facility is PCI compliant. Here is a list of PCI compliant vendors as confirmed by VISA.
Third, and the reason for this blog, don’t think about PCI as frightening. Card information is highly sensitive and PCI compliance was enacted to ensure trust and make every one of us appreciate how valuable our members’ personal and credit card information is. So look at your operations and work flow to see how you can do a better job of protecting data and make sure you are working with a certified PCI compliant vendor like Motionsoft. And lastly, let’s not forget the importance of St. Elmo’s Fire (1985, DC). (I know this has nothing to do with this article but how could I write a blog referencing movies filmed in DC and not include the greatest of them all!)
If after reading this blog about PCI compliance your head is still spinning around and around, well that means you probably should have auditioned for The Exorcist.
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May 28th, 2010 9:43 am