The PCI Basics & Quick Guide

January 30, 2015 • Published Categories PCI 101Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What Do Small Merchants Need to Do to Achieve PCI Compliance?. The day has come. You have received notification from your acquirer that your organization is required to submit Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance validation. You’ve also just been informed that there are penalties – … Read more

Internal vs. External Vulnerability Scans: Why You Need Both

May 15, 2014 • Published Categories PCI 101Tags , , , ,

The Ins and Outs of Vulnerability Scanning If you’re a merchant trying to get started with PCI compliance, you’re likely to hear the word “scan” from your acquiring bank or the PCI partner they’ve enlisted to help you with the process. In our conversations with … Read more

New SAQ A-EP Addresses E-Commerce Merchants Using Payment Redirects

March 7, 2014 • Published Categories Industry TopicsTags , , , , , , , ,
E-commerce Merchants

The new PCI DSS version 3.0 Self Assessment Questionnaires (SAQs) are out, and after our initial look, there are some notable differences. This article focuses on the brand new “SAQ A-EP” for “Partially Outsourced E-commerce Merchants Using a Third-Party Website for Payment Processing.” NOTE: After reading … Read more

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

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

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

Security as a Checklist? Think Again.

July 14, 2011 • Published Categories Archive, PCI 101Tags , , , , , ,

The concept of summarizing Payment Card Industry (PCI) requirements into a simple checklist is a welcome one, especially for merchants without a dedicated security team and budget. These are usually merchants with less than one million in annual transactions and who only recently have been … Read more