Tech experts in the banking sector can expect a busy winter after a new version of the financial industry's security standards become public this fall. Version 2.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard will regulate how banks, hospitals, retailers, and any other business that processes credit and debit card transactions must handle sensitive customer information.

Most credit card payment processors require both banks and merchants to maintain compliance with the version 1.2 of the standard. Experts predict that version 2.0 will include an even broader scope of security that may require merchants to take a closer look at how they handle customer payments.

For example, the current PCI DSS sets ground rules for securing a customer's payment details from a website or at a checkout counter. However, it does not address issues that arise when well-intentioned employees copy credit card numbers into a spreadsheet. The new PCI standards also incorporate guidelines for handling credit card data on computers capable of handling multiple, virtualized desktops.

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