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It is our concern that merchants have not been properly educated about these changes, and it will be a rude awakening when they discover that they are required to implement them.
The Council’s five founding global payment brands have agreed to incorporate the PCI DSS as the technical requirements of each of their data security compliance programs.
Why should you, as a merchant, comply with the PCI Security Standards? At first glance, especially if you are a smaller organization, it may seem like a lot of effort, and confusing to boot. But not only is compliance becoming...
When people think of Christmas, most of them imagine family gatherings and good times. We often forget that from the end of Thanksgiving to the beginning of the year, the U.S.
Hackers have targeted help desks because they know that the people who provide you support have the access into your systems that they want to exploit.
Square strives to make financial transactions simple enough so that the average person on the street can participate.
IE8 is old, but it is still the most used version of IE today; it is its popularity that makes it such an attractive target for hackers.
When you think about electronic security, what comes to mind? Do you consider how vulnerable your customer credit cards are, or how easily someone can break into your online bank account? These are the most profitable avenues of attack that...
Universal Plug and Play should not be enabled if you are concerned about security.
Subway has been the subject of intensive scrutiny and media attention since it came to light that its POS system was found to be vulnerable and that several credit cards had been electronically stolen from them by an overseas crime...
Everyone in retail can breathe a little easier today knowing that federal authorities have charged David Benjamin Schrooten, or as he is known in cyber space “Foretezza,” with multiple counts of credit card theft. Allegedly, Schrooten, who is a Dutch national, and his U.S. accomplice, Christopher A.
I know this sounds like the old joke about a light bulb or a chicken crossing the road, but the way some restaurants operate, the joke is on them. There are many restaurants that have their servers pick up checks...
The question we field more than any other when talking to small merchants is, “Who is making me become PCI compliant?” The answer is too complicated to simply point at one entity and say, “It’s this guy, right here.” In...
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) is an excellent set of security requirements with which all of the major Credit Card companies expect merchants to comply. It includes technological, operational, and physical security measures designed to keep credit cards secure.
For the past four or five years, we have been hearing about the exciting new world of wireless payments. For the most part, the discussion has been centered around making payments from a mobile device (cell phone for the most part), using either contactless payment chip or a bar code displayed on the screen.
There is a growing trend in the retail industry for some merchants and technology providers to hope that someday the PCI standard will give guidance that says, "If you implement this new silver bullet, your systems will be completely out...
Visa has shaken many U.S. businesses with its latest announcement declaring that it’s moving to EMV chip-based technology, which will replace the magnetic strips used on most U.S.
A Wall Street Journal article, Hackers Shift Attacks to Small Firms, has many more people paying attention to security issues, and for those of us in the security industry, we welcome the shift in attitude. As a security provider, we...
When the PCI standard talks about remote access, it is referring to connecting to a computer when you are on another network. A typical example would be if you were at home, and you connected to your back-office server to...
In 2004, when PCI (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) first came out, there was almost no guidance available. Jump ahead to today, and you can find numerous suggestions online and from the PCI Security Standards Council on how you...
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