What are Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and How to Find the Right One

If you’ve ever wondered what Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are and how to find the right one, this article is for you. We’ll explore what MSPs are and give tips on finding an MSP that fits your business well. First, let’s look at what MSPs are. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) offer IT services for businesses …

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PCI Attestation of Compliance (AoC) – ZZ Servers Datacenter, Cloud and Managed Services

After months of hard work, we’re thrilled to announce that ZZ Servers has completed our 11th annual Payment Card Industry, Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Level 1 Service Provider Validation. This means our systems and services have been evaluated by independent auditors and passed the highest security protocols set by PCI DSS. For our clients, …

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What are My Responsibilities Under PCI When I Accept Payment Cards?

What are My Responsibilities Under PCI When I Accept Payment Cards?

Every business that takes consumer payments, whether they’re a tax service or local paint store, is subject to compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which is usually referred to as just PCI. There are many responsibilities you have when complying with PCI DSS. This standard governs the secure acceptance, storage, …

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A Beginner’s Guide to HIPAA Compliance

Avoid Making These 5 Common PCI Compliance Mistakes

Any company that takes payments via credit or debit card is subject to compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards. These standards help protect cardholders against misuse or mishandling of their card details by putting into place rules that companies must adhere to. With the ease of getting set up to take …

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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 …

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Understanding the Complex PCI Compliance Fines.

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council is the governing body that establishes the policies that all merchants that process credit cards – large and small – must follow. By following the requirements set in the PCI Data Security Standard, merchants can better protect themselves against cyber attacks and thieves trying to steal customers’ credit …

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Who enforces PCI compliance? Does PCI Matter?

As credit card data becomes increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, industry standards have strengthened business security practices. Which ultimately ensures 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) Security Standards Council came together to guide merchants toward …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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