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Tips for Optimizing PCI Compliance

​Sparked by the increase in credit card fraud, PCI DSS compliance went into effect in 2004 to help protect cardholder data. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to all entities that store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data and those entities that can impact this data. The only exception is Telco Companies that o...
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Will the Password Ever Go Away?

We have a love/hate relationship with our passwords. We have to love them because they give us access to practically everything necessary in our home and work life – from banking and email accounts to Netflix and school activity accounts. The hate part comes in when we try to recall what password we created for each account – and there are many fro...
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How to Select a PCI Compliant Managed Service Provider

If you're in business and accepting credit card payments from customers, PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance is something you need to manage. Whether you're swiping a card every second or just once a month, your business must comply with all of the PCI Data Security Standards (DSS). PCI compliance also applies to many of the third-party service ...
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Springtime for hackers

​With blooming flowers, chirping birds and warming temperatures, spring finally arrived in April. But it seems the wonders of nature aren't the only thing that spring brought us. We're also getting fresh reports of hackers who are up to no good.And I'm not talking about Netflix having their shows stolen, held for ransom and released online. While t...
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For businesses breached, the meter keeps on running

On March 8, Home Depot agreed to pay a $25 million settlement to a group of banks for damages incurred during the company's massive 2014 data breach. During that breach, email or credit card information was stolen from more than 50 million customers by thieves who hacked store self check-out terminals.It's one of the largest breaches in history, bu...
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Think PCI Compliance is challenging? Try understanding the fines.

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council is the governing body who establishes the policies that all merchants that process credit cards – large and small – must follow. The idea is that by following the requirements set in the PCI Data Security Standard, merchants can better protect themselves against cyber attacks and thieves tr...
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Who enforces PCI compliance?

As credit card data becomes increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, industry standards have worked to strengthen business security practices to better ensure the privacy and safety of customer data.Credit card vendors American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB international, MasterCard and Visa formed the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Secur...
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Understanding PCI Compliance vs SSL Certificate

Bar none, securing consumer credit card data is essential to doing business in 2017. And the information security industry is meeting the demand. But as security solutions evolve in scope and scale, it's important to understand the various components so you're confident (and educated) in how to properly secure your customer data.One of the elements...
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Why PCI Compliance is Important to Your Business

For small merchants Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards can seem like a rule that only the big boys of business have to follow. But the consequences of failing to achieve and maintain PCI compliance apply to businesses of all sizes. The thing to remember about PCI rules is that they apply to every merchant that accepts credit cards. A recent inci...
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PCI Glossary of Terms: Frequently Used Terms for PCI Compliance

The world of PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) is a fairly new industry requirement in the rapidly evolving world of online credit card transactions. With the first draft of standards coming on the scene in 2004, the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) has since released seven updates aimed at encouraging merchants to keep up...
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PCI Compliance is All Day Every Day

​Once a year you gather your team, run down your data security protocol, patch any obvious holes in your network and work feverishly to meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) annual audit.But PCI compliance isn't a goal you aim to hit once a year. Hackers are working constantly to steal your cardholder data. They're lookin...
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A QSA’s job: keep you honest about PCI compliance

As the use of credit cards becomes more ubiquitous, so too does the need for security standards to protect cardholder data. That has led to the rise of the Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).What is a QSA? And who needs one? The title of QSA is an industry designation conferred by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council to informa...
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Common IT Questions from PCI to Password Resets

​Providing business and enterprise level hosted environments is a 24/7/365 job. No question is too small and no problem is too big. Whether you are a company with 10 employees operating through a shared server or your business has hundreds of employees and thousands of servers, ZZ Servers' job is to make sure businesses operating within our network...
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PCI Scoping: Start big to narrow the scope

As the use of credit cards and online sales continues to grow, so too does the threat of cybercrime as hackers constantly poke and prod for security holes to syphon off consumer data.It's that growing threat that led credit card giants American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard and Visa to found the PCI (Payment Ca...
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Preparing for a PCI audit is a marathon, not a sprint

​Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance is growing in its rigor and scope amid the rapidly evolving world of online and mobile credit card transactions. The PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) aim to protect consumer credit card data by offering businesses an outline of rules and guidelines to ensure their credit card systems are secure.But the r...
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Hosting in a secure environment is necessary for all businesses

Hosting in a secure environment is necessary for all businesses
​In today's online-driven world, it's not a matter of if, but when a business will a victim of a cyber-attack.The threat of a data breach has become so imminent that an entirely branch of insurance products (cyber liability and privacy policies) have exist specifically to cover a business' liability in the event a hacker steals or exposes sensitive...
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A history of PCI compliance and why there’s a need for regulation

​When something new is started, especially in commerce, there's a correlating, powerful force that quickly follows.Do you know what it is? If you said REGULATION, give yourself a pat on the back.Regulation can be either a dirty word or a helpful tool, depending on your perspective. When it comes to regulating online commerce, we think it can be hel...
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Critical needs for any business owner: Cyber liability insurance and secure website hosting

Critical needs for any business owner: Cyber liability insurance and secure website hosting
Cyber liability insurance has been around for 25 years and is a popular coverage, but we've found there's still plenty of people who don't know much about it.Or even why they might need it. A 2016 LexisNexis research report shows that this year compared to last year, every dollar of fraud cost merchants $2.40, up from $2.23 a year ago. The LexisNex...
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The importance of vulnerability scanning

The importance of vulnerability scanning
In a world where the threat of a data breach is constantly present, securing complicated information technology networks is critical to a business' ability to meet industry data security requirements. Even if your company has tested your IT system's security defenses in the past, maintaining this security is a continuous process. Each time your sys...
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Security standards get tighter for smaller merchants

Security standards get tighter for smaller merchants
The credit card game is changing for small to medium sized businesses. Visa recently announced that it will require all Level 4 merchants in the U.S. and Canada to validate PCI DSS compliance annually starting January 31, 2017.Level 4 merchants are those businesses that process less than 20,000 Visa eCommerce transactions per year or that process u...
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