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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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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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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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