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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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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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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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