Helping SMB Merchants Cross the Chasm of PCI Compliance [Infographic]

November 13, 2012 • Published Categories Acquirer Programs Tags , , , , , , ,

The last four years have been marked by continued growth in Level 4 merchant data compromise, yet a recent study report from ControlScan and Merchant Warehouse reveals that many SMB merchants are still not receiving—or effectively responding to—messages about cardholder data security. How ISOs and Acquirers can … Read more

New Best Practice: Out with the Password, In with the Passphrase

June 11, 2012 • Published Categories Archive, Best Practices Tags , , , , , , , ,

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 … Read more

Security vs. PCI Compliance

January 30, 2009 • Published Categories Archive Tags , , , , , , , , ,

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 … Read more

Data Breaches Part I – Is it Possible to Prevent the Inevitable?

October 22, 2007 • Published Categories Archive Tags , , , , , , , ,

The media’s increased focus on data breaches.  As the settlement terms of the most talked about data breach in 2007-the TJX data breach-are being assessed in the millions, the Media’s attention has only increased its focus on data breaches. Industry-specific guidelines and compliance measures, such … Read more

Data Breaches Part II: Five Steps to Manage a Data Breach

October 22, 2007 • Published Categories Archive Tags , , , , , , , , , , ,

Though a smaller data breach than its predecessors at TJX and ChoicePoint, the musical instrument company Bananas.com (Bananas at Large) was the victim of a hacker, who, according to published reports stole an administrative password by accessing Bananas.com systems as a remote user. What’s interesting … Read more