On the face of it you would be forgiven for thinking nothing (besides being thankful for injury time after Kane’s last-minute winner!) but here at PCI Pal we think otherwise.

We’re almost a week into the world cup, and what an eventful week it has been! Of the five top-flight teams three have failed to secure wins in their opening games (Brazil, Germany and Argentina.) Credit where it’s due, they’re all amazing when it comes to attacking play, and that’s exactly what they did in their opening games. It seems that for this tournament however attack just isn’t enough. This got us thinking – when you know that you’re up against the strongest attackers, what’s the best tactic to employ?

When looking at the starting line-ups of Switzerland, Mexico and Iceland there’s been a noticeable shift away from traditional formations. Gone is 4-3-3 and zonal defending, we’re now seeing 4-2-3-1 and closer player to player marking. The tightening of defence means that no matter how much they were attacked; the teams are strong enough to withstand it. This seemed to catch their opponents off guard. Football games are won on scoring goals, and when you prevent it from happening you’re disabling the key element of their game. You’ve won.

Winning results are down to two components; teamwork and tactics. By adopting a defensive approach, working together and keeping to the plan, attacks are being prevented before they become a severe problem.  Much like ensuring your organisation is PCI Compliant; the defensive approach is to de-scope your environment, preventing breaches from occurring as there is no data in your environment, the ball never enters your half of the pitch meaning that you are free to attack and score those winning customer experience goals without the rigid defensive play of the ensuring your environment is secure.

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