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What are My Responsibilities Under PCI When I Accept Payment Cards?

What are My Responsibilities Under PCI When I Accept Payment Cards?

Every business that takes consumer payments, whether they’re a tax service or local paint store, is subject to compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which is usually referred to as just PCI. There are many responsibilities you have when complying with PCI DSS. This standard governs the secure acceptance, storage, …

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How to Avoid Making These 5 Common PCI Compliance Mistakes

Any company that takes payments via credit or debit card is subject to compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards. These standards help protect cardholders against misuse or mishandling of their card details by putting into place rules that companies must adhere to. With the ease of getting set up to take …

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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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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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