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The 2012 Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference (MURTEC) show starts today, otherwise known as the “The Gold Standard Restaurant Technology Event,” bringing together more than 225 restaurant technology, finance and operations professionals for three days of peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and best practices. Merchant Link will be there and reporting back on all the tech talk and trends.

One of the many things people will be buzzing about is Hospitality Technology’s 2012 Restaurant Technology Study. Among this year’s results, in the area of PCI compliance/security, restaurant operators are moving away from the belief that:

  • PCI compliance is the responsibility of the vendor (48% agreed in 2011, 38% agreed in 2012).
  • PCI compliance guarantees there will be no breach (22.8% agreed in 2011, 13.8% agreed in 2012).

These trends indicate that the message about PCI as best practice, not a guarantee – is finally getting through, and that businesses are taking greater ownership when it comes to compliance.

In our own business, we see evidence of these trends, as more and more merchants are asking us to help them get rid of sensitive cardholder data on their networks altogether. Restaurant chains like Silver Diner, are taking a layered approach to prevent a data breach. Using tokenization and point-to-point encryption, Silver Diner not only enhanced their security, they were able to achieve significant reductions in PCI scope and costs. Check out the case study we just posted to learn more.

And let us know your thoughts on compliance by leaving a comment below.

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