Heartland Payments Systems is still taking its standing eight count after one of the worst data breaches in history, but with its Visa PCI DDS validation restored, the firm hopes to emerge with a sober lesson it can share with other firms to prevent future breaches.

“We now we have a greater appreciation for how brazen some of these organized cybercriminals are,” says Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Heartland in Princeton, NJ.

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