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Google Wallet and the Edge of PCI’s Regulatory Map

December 14, 2011 Added by:Ed Moyle

Folks might object to sensitive data being stored in cleartext within Google Wallet - I sure do - but the problem isn't so much Google Wallet but instead the fact that mobile devices are blurring the lines between what's a payment application and what's not...

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PCI DSS Risk SIG Announced: Results Will Be Interesting

December 12, 2011 Added by:Andrew Weidenhamer

The one that I am most interested in seeing is the results of is the Risk Assessment SIG. Although IT Risk Assessments has been a term that has been used for decades now, they are still rarely performed and almost always poorly when they are in regard to effectively considering threats...

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Merchant Beware – New Mobile Payment Solution in the Wild

December 12, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

Even if Square’s software encrypts the data, the underlying OS will also collect the data in cleartext. Forensic examinations of these devices have shown time and again that regardless of what the software vendor did, the data still existed in memory unencrypted...

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PCI Compliance: On Redirects and Reposts

December 08, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

A number of clients recently prompted me on my take regarding Redirects and Reposts as they attempt to shrink their PCI compliance footprint as small as possible. A lot of them like the idea of the repost because it requires only a simple change to their existing e-Commerce sites...

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Controls Have to be Executed Perfectly Every Day

December 04, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

Security is not perfect, and controls have to be executed perfectly every day, every year - else that is where things always go awry. If you execute controls consistently, your organization should be very difficult to compromise and the bad guys will find an easier target...

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e-Commerce Risks for Cyber Monday and the Holidays

November 28, 2011 Added by:John Nicholson

To deal with the potential volume, they can turn to cloud-based services to add capacity and prevent the site from crashing, but as we'll discuss below, the availability commitments made by many cloud services create their own risks...

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Nearly 80% of Retailers' Data at High Risk

November 24, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Now, after five years of pushing standards out to merchants and retailers, a Verizon study has found that 79% of retailers are noncompliant. No matter how you slice it, retailers are a target and must employ multiple layers of fraud protection to thwart cyber criminals...

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Decrypting QSA Qualifications in a Diluted Market Place

November 21, 2011 Added by:Andrew Weidenhamer

One of the biggest challenges is how to determine which 3rd party QSA company to use. With 120+ QSA companies certified to perform On-Site Assessments in the USA, there is not an easy answer, unless of course price is the only consideration. Unfortunately, sometimes this is the case...

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Webcasts: PCI DSS Demystified and Mobile Device Security

November 14, 2011 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

This SC magazine free webcast was inspired by the spate of smaller companies being caught out recently by PCI loopholes then incurring massive reputational and financial damage as a result, plus another on what to do about security as iPads, Smartphones proliferate in the workplace...

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This Year’s PCI SSC SIG Proposals

November 02, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

This SIG is to be created to guide merchants and service providers in what should be the result of a proper risk assessment, not create another risk assessment methodology. While such an Information Supplement is an admirable ideal, you understand why this SIG is a losing proposition...

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Javelin Study Shows Increased Credit Card Fraud Risk

November 01, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Not a week goes by when we don’t hear of another major breach affecting thousands or even millions of customer accounts. Criminal hackers are getting smarter and savvier all the time, and they often have better technology than the banks and retailers tasked with protecting your data...

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Welcome to the PCI Prioritization Approach

October 27, 2011 Added by:David Sopata

Organizations often start implementing security controls on all of their systems throughout the company without really knowing what systems should be in scope or which systems should not be in scope for PCI. Hence, the PCI DSS Prioritization Document and Tool was developed...

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PCI and the Insider Threat

October 24, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

The biggest problem with the insider threat is that it does not matter how much technology you have to protect your assets as it only takes one person in the right place to neutralize every last bit of your security solutions. Just ask anyone any of the recently breached organizations...

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PCI Defense In Depth

October 17, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

It has been more than five years since the “sa” default password debacle and yet you still encounter applications that use service accounts to access their database and those service accounts have no password. The rationale? “We did not want to code the password into the application..."

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Avoid Becoming a Security Statistic

October 12, 2011 Added by:Konrad Fellmann

Some organizations hoard data, but have no idea why. A business owner needs to figure out why the data needs to be kept, who will use the data, and how long it needs to be kept for business, legal or contractual reasons. Once defined, IT can implement proper controls to protect the data...

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The EMV-Contactless World According to Visa

October 11, 2011 Added by:PCI Guru

If Visa were to work with the industry to produce a common API for EMV and contactless cards with PIN online, that would drive adoption of more secure cards in the US because there would be a business reason for adoption. Without such a driver, they are still a solution looking for a problem...

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