How To Select A PCI Compliant Service Provider: Advice For Small Business Owners

June 13, 2013 • Published Categories PCI 101 Tags , , , ,

Service providers are a key component to ensuring compliance. Outsourcing to a PCI-compliant service provider is one of the best ways business owners can help reduce their PCI obligations and risk of a data breach. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to make … Read more

PCI Compliance and the Service Provider

February 26, 2013 • Published Categories PCI 101 Tags , , , , ,

Why Merchant Service Providers Must Commit to Stronger Security The complementary growth in cloud-based services such as data hosting and payment processing has created a new breed of service provider. These service providers and their systems interact with sensitive data from a variety of business … Read more

Don’t Be Fooled! There’s No Such Thing as an Automated Penetration Test.

October 22, 2012 • Published Categories PCI 101 Tags , , ,

Looking for a Penetration Test Vendor? Many small merchants, having been told they need a “network penetration test,” will seek out the quickest and cheapest way possible to comply with this Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirement.  This is certainly understandable, given … Read more

Five Steps Before Using a Mobile Device to Accept Credit Cards

September 17, 2012 • Published Categories Best Practices, PCI 101 Tags , , , , , ,

How mobile payment technology impacts your business. The taxi driver at the airport took your credit card using Square on an iPhone. The plumber that fixed your leaky pipes swiped your card on a PayPal device connected to an Android phone. And that posh restaurant where … Read more

Level 2 Merchants Beware: Your PCI Validation Process Could Be Changing

August 29, 2012 • Published Categories Archive, PCI 101 Tags , , , , , , , , , ,

If your business processes between 1 million and 6 million credit card transactions annually and you accept MasterCard as a form of payment, your PCI validation process is probably about to change. Up until June 30, 2012, virtually all Level 2 merchants (defined by both … Read more

PCI Compliance & Small Merchants: Whose Concern Is It Anyway?

May 30, 2012 • Published Categories Archive, PCI 101 Tags , , ,

Small merchants who want to accept credit cards as part of doing business can find themselves lost in a sea of information when it comes to PCI compliance.  While it can be frustrating, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has a worthwhile … Read more