New Best Practice: Out with the Password, In with the Passphrase
The recent news of security breaches among major social networking sites reignites the ongoing dilemma of the password. As humans, we have the natural tendency to simplify its content and use. Unfortunately, hackers and data thieves know this and use it to their advantage. Perhaps most unfortunate, however, is the "institution" of the password itself, because it has programmed us to think about secure access in a patterned way that is ultimately detrimental to society from both an individual and an organizational perspective.
Is PCI Compliance a Law? Should it be?
Is PCI compliance a law? The short answer is no. The long answer is that while it is not currently a federal law, there are state laws that are already in effect (and some that may go into effect) to force components of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) into law.
Security vs. PCI Compliance
Reading accounts of highly publicized data breaches over the last few months occurring in companies that are seemingly PCI compliant, begs the question, “does PCI compliance equal security?” The answer is, “it depends.” Unfortunately no business is ever completely secure, but companies can mitigate their risk and make it much harder and more resource intensive for anyone to breach their defenses.
What Constitutes a Payment Application?
Companies frequently ask us about what constitutes a payment application as it relates to PCI Compliance. The term payment application has a very broad meaning in PCI. So hopefully the content of this brief article will help clarify the subject and better define the term.
Web Application Security – How do you know which Solutions will work best for your Business?
If you must store credit card data or you are interested in strengthening your current security practices, it is important to focus attention on your Web applications.