The study found the current compliance climate is not any better or worse than it was a year ago. However, last year's findings were disappointing, and it is even more disparaging to see similar results, according to eWeek.
The survey found just 21 percent of respondents met PCI requirements during their initial audit. Furthermore, most said they were struggling to respond to that initial audit by improving their IT security systems.
According to the survey, the problem with PCI compliance does not stem from minor issues that are not being addressed. Instead, respondents are having difficulty meeting the core competencies, such as protecting stored data and instilling security policies.
For many businesses, investing in PCI compliant hosting can be the ideal solution to the problem of PCI compliance. A business only needs to worry about network security and initial data handling when it outsources its data storage to a third-party provider capable of meeting PCI compliance standards.