WAKEFIELD, Mass. — The PCI Security Standards Council here, which manages the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), has announced general availability of version 1.2 of the PCI DSS. This latest version is the culmination of two years of feedback and suggestions from industry stakeholders and is designed to clarify and ease implementation of the standard, designed to secure cardholder account information at retail. Version 1.2 is effective immediately, and version 1.1 of the standard will sunset on Dec. 31, 2008. The updated standard and supporting documentation is available on the Council’s website at pcisecuritystandards.org/security_standards/pci_dss.shtml. Version 1.2 includes updates of some practices, such as the sunset of implementations of Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) wireless security by June 2010.
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