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Having attended the annual North American PCI Community Meeting for many years and being involved with PCI compliance since 2008, I’ve heard firsthand the challenges merchants face in their quest for PCI compliance (see Blog: Compliance Headaches Continue).  However, thinking back to the PCI Community Meeting last week in Orlando, I was intrigued by how this year’s keynote speaker fit into the program.  How could an extreme adventurer, such as Jamie Clarke, rather than a hacker or data breach expert provide the necessary perspective on compliance?  As I attended sessions and networked with over a thousand of my peers from 17 countries, it dawned on me:  The collective PCI state of mind is reflective of the maturity of the journey and a fresh optimism emerges as we near the top of the mountain after a very long and arduous journey.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s meeting.

As we summit Mt. Everest (I mean, Mt. PCI), attendees had an opportunity to reflect on Jamie Clarke’s tales of adventure.  His encouragement to take risks to achieve goals in order to “summit our own Everest,” was inspirational to our everyday struggles with data security.  It’s becoming clear, with the ongoing vigilance and collaboration of the PCI community; we may soon be able to share our own tales of conquering Mt. PCI.

We look forward to continuing the conversations at the PCI European Community Meeting in Dublin, October 22-24.  Please visit Cisco in booth #28. For more information or to register for the PCI European Community Meeting, please visit:

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  1. Dr. Jose A. Wong - Perez

    …Yes indeed…but not impossible to reach it…thanks for sharing this keynote, my best regards from PR…


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