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Tips for Optimizing PCI Compliance

​Sparked by the increase in credit card fraud, PCI DSS compliance went into effect in 2004 to help protect cardholder data. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to all entities that store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data and those entities that can impact this data. The only exception is Telco Companies that only …

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Will the Password Ever Go Away?

We have a love/hate relationship with our passwords. We have to love them because they give us access to practically everything necessary in our home and work life – from banking and email accounts to Netflix and school activity accounts. The hate part comes in when we try to recall what password we created for each account …

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How to Select a PCI Compliant Managed Service Provider

If you’re in business and accepting credit card payments from customers, PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance is something you need to manage. Whether you’re swiping a card every second or just once a month, your business must comply with all of the PCI Data Security Standards (DSS). PCI compliance also applies to many of the …

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Springtime for hackers

With blooming flowers, chirping birds and warming temperatures, spring finally arrived in April. But it seems the wonders of nature aren’t the only thing that spring brought us. We’re also getting fresh reports of hackers who are up to no good. And I’m not talking about Netflix having their shows stolen, held for ransom and released …

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For businesses breached, the meter keeps on running

On March 8, Home Depot agreed to pay a $25 million settlement to a group of banks for damages incurred during the company’s massive 2014 data breach. During that breach, email or credit card information was stolen from more than 50 million customers by thieves who hacked store self check-out terminals. It’s one of the largest breaches …

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Think PCI Compliance is challenging? Try understanding the fines.

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council is the governing body who establishes the policies that all merchants that process credit cards – large and small – must follow. The idea is that by following the requirements set in the PCI Data Security Standard, merchants can better protect themselves against cyber attacks and thieves trying to …

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Who enforces PCI compliance?

As credit card data becomes increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, industry standards have worked to strengthen business security practices to better ensure the privacy and safety of customer data. Credit card vendors American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB international, MasterCard and Visa formed the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Security Standards Council came together with the goal of …

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Understanding PCI Compliance vs SSL Certificate

Bar none, securing consumer credit card data is essential to doing business in 2017. And the information security industry is meeting the demand. But as security solutions evolve in scope and scale, it’s important to understand the various components so you’re confident (and educated) in how to properly secure your customer data. One of the …

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Why PCI Compliance is Important to Your Business

For small merchants Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards can seem like a rule that only the big boys of business have to follow. But the consequences of failing to achieve and maintain PCI compliance apply to businesses of all sizes. The thing to remember about PCI rules is that they apply to every merchant that accepts credit cards. A …

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PCI Glossary of Terms: Frequently Used Terms for PCI Compliance

The world of PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) is a fairly new industry requirement in the rapidly evolving world of online credit card transactions. With the first draft of standards coming on the scene in 2004, the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) has since released seven updates aimed at encouraging merchants to …

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