Acquirers: Are Your Smallest Merchants the Biggest Risk?

January 19, 2018 • Published Categories Acquirer Programs Tags , ,
Acquirers: Are Your Smallest Merchants the Biggest Risk?

High-risk payment acceptance is everywhere. A recent payment experience at my local dry cleaners caused me some alarm, so much so that I described it in detail on LinkedIn: Without any real forethought I pulled out my debit card. Maybe it was the knowledge that … Read more

Visa Issues Security Alert Regarding Insecure Remote Access

July 3, 2014 • Published Categories Industry Topics Tags , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The recent rash of data security breaches stemming from insecure remote access and user credential management issues has prompted Visa to issue a Data Security Alert to all merchants and the acquirers who serve them. Here is the statement from Visa’s email, which ControlScan received … Read more

5 Best Practices for Securing Your Small Biz

April 23, 2014 • Published Categories Best Practices Tags , , , , , , , , ,
Hosted Payment Technologies

The best way to truly strengthen your business’s security posture—which is the goal of the PCI DSS—is to have a sober understanding of your risk as well as the full scope of your PCI compliance responsibility. Here are five best practices for easily and cost-effectively … Read more

More Specialized SAQs: The New SAQ B-IP

April 8, 2014 • Published Categories Industry Topics Tags , , , , , , , , , , , ,

NOTE: There have been updates to the PCI DSS 3.0 standard since this post was published. The current revision is 3.2r1.1; however, the only significant changes to the SAQ B-IP have been the additions of segmentation testing and multifactor authentication for all remote access. The new … Read more

More and More Hackers are “Foodies.” Well, Sort of…

February 5, 2013 • Published Categories Industry Topics Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Foodies

According to the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, hackers are apparently spending a lot more time discovering the latest hip, trendy restaurants. But they are not spending money on artisanal cheeses, free-range chicken, or chickpea and orzo salad with Piquillo pepper vinaigrette. Nope. They … Read more