New Consumer Research Underscores Need for Greater Payment Security

| July 20, 2009

Seventy-three percent of consumers surveyed in the United States, France and Great Britain say that more stringent standards are required before they will trust the security of their credit card transactions. And almost half (46 percent) are concerned about the potential for a security breach when paying with their credit or PIN-based cards, according to an international survey released today by the Secure POS Vendor Alliance (SPVA), a non-profit business organization created by HypercomIngenico S.A. and VeriFone. SPVA focuses on standardized implementation of existing security standards, security of the payment device lifecycle and security threat analysis and intelligence.  

Growing awareness of data breaches that industry experts have been working to combat for years, leads 62 percent of consumers to feel particularly worried about using their card and PIN to make a purchase if the outlet had suffered a data breach.  

Eighty-four percent say that companies that suffer a data breach should be required to make the incident public, reinforcing the idea that vendors and retailers run the risk of devastating their brand if a breach occurs.

Sixty-five percent of respondents report that they are often or always concerned about Internet fraud. However, those fears may be unfounded. Only 43 percent of those who reported having their security compromised believe it happened online. This finding is in line with prominent research, including the 2007 Identity Fraud Survey Report by Javelin Research.

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