Creating an E-Commerce Site? Consider PCI Early.

October 23, 2015 • Published Categories Best Practices Tags , , ,

Whenever I type in my credit card number on a website I have never been to before, or hand my card to someone at a small business, I wonder how much thought they have put into being secure and compliant. That’s why the following inquiry … Read more

Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Server 2003

April 13, 2015 • Published Categories Industry Topics Tags , , ,
Deadline Ahead for Windows 2003 Server

Microsoft recently announced that it is ending support for the Windows Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015. Windows Server 2003 is heavily relied upon in e-commerce. Therefore, if your business conducts e-commerce (i.e., has a website with a shopping cart), then it’s possible … Read more

Will EMV Make You PCI Compliant?

December 18, 2014 • Published Categories PCI 101 Tags , , , , , , ,

Understanding EMV’s capabilities with the concepts of data security and PCI compliance. Many merchant acquirers, payment processors and Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs) have been reaching out to business owners to alert them of America’s 2015 migration from magstripe (i.e., “swipe”) credit/debit cards to EMV (i.e., “chip”) payment cards. … Read more

Ready Your 3.0 SAQ Game Plan

December 17, 2014 • Published Categories Best Practices Tags , , , , , , , ,

2014 has been a year filled with news about breaches – big breaches – record breaking breaches. I have spent the majority of the year talking to many people about PCI DSS version 3.0 SAQs.  I have spoken to Merchant Banks, Processors, small businesses, IT … Read more

SAQ A vs. A-EP: What E-Commerce Merchants, Service Providers Need to Know Now

June 12, 2014 • Published Categories Industry Topics Tags , , , , , ,

Taking a firm stance on the security of partially outsourced e-commerce sites. When the new PCI DSS version 3.0 Self Assessment Questionnaires (SAQs) were released earlier this year, my colleagues and I closely read them to understand the potential impact on self-assessing merchants as well … Read more

How EMV Can Fail

May 21, 2014 • Published Categories Industry Topics Tags , , , ,

If you’ve been following the media reports surrounding Target’s massive data breach, then you’ve no doubt heard the acronym “EMV.” The credit card chip technology is on an imminent path for widespread implementation in the U.S. marketplace, but many have speculated that EMV by itself … Read more