The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council's participating organizations voted that third-party security assurance and best practices will be the two key areas for the PCI special interest groups to study in 2013.

The council maintains standards for protecting payment card data. In a change from past years, both special interest groups will begin studying their specific topic area in January, but will not report on findings at the same time, the council stated in a Nov. 28 press release.

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