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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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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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ZZ Servers Achieves PCI DSS 3.2 Level 1 Service Provider Certification

For the fifth consecutive year IT solutions firm ZZ Servers has earned Level 1 Service Provider compliance through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) version 3.2. Aimed at keeping credit card data secure, the credit card companies American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard and Visa administ...
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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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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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Trends in Cybersecurity 2016

Trends in Cybersecurity 2016
Setting New Year's Resolutions is great, but when it comes to cybersecurity, you can't set new goals once a year. Why? Because new threats pop up seemingly every day, regulations get updated and new trends emerge.As the days tick by and we officially begin summer, business owners and Chief Information Officers at companies around the country are ta...
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What is the Cost of a Data Breach?

What is the Cost of a Data Breach?
A data breach can be costly for any business. A violation of sensitive cardholder data can cost your customers, it can damage your business' reputation and it can rob you of your peace of mind. But the bottom line is that a data breach can hurt your bottom line.And for small businesses the financial impact might be more than you think. In all, 90 p...
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Amazon confirms EC2/S3 does not meet PCI guidelines

If your business requires PCI compliant hosting services because you store, transmit or process cardholder data, hosting in the cloud may not be for you.  Most cloud providers do not have the controls or processes in place to protect sensitive cardholder data or the willingness to enter into required business arrangements with merchants.  Because o...
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