Blog Posts Tagged with "PCI DSS"


Small Tech Firms Pursue Level 1 Service Provider PCI Compliance

July 01, 2012 Added by:Stacey Holleran

Small technology companies are finding themselves in a unique business situation as prospective clients increasingly request software applications and hosting solutions that can accommodate secure mobile payment transactions, bringing these technology companies to the forefront as “merchant service providers”...

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Call Centers and PCI Compliance

June 28, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

In a call center environment where operators are taking orders over the phone and accepting credit/debit cards for payment, until the card transaction is either approved or declined, we are talking pre-authorization data. Only cardholder data after authorization or decline is covered by the PCI DSS...

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More on PCI Scoping

June 22, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

“At least annually and prior to the annual assessment, the assessed entity should confirm the accuracy of their PCI DSS scope by identifying all locations and flows of cardholder data and ensuring they are included in the PCI DSS scope"...

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The Failure Of PCI?

June 13, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

The biggest problem with PCI DSS standards comes down to the fact that humans are averse to being measured or assessed. Why? It makes people responsible and accountable for what they do, and few people want that sort of accountability – we all much prefer wiggle room in how our jobs are assessed...

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Global Payments Breach May Include Merchant Account Data

June 13, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"The Company's ongoing investigation recently revealed potential unauthorized access to servers containing personal information collected from a subset of merchant applicants. It is unclear whether the intruders looked at or took any personal information... however, the Company will notify potentially-affected individuals..."

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POS Skimming: Bad News for Banks and Merchants

June 12, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

EFTPOS skimming — which stands for “electronic funds transfers at the point of sale” — involves either replacing the self-swipe point of sale terminals at cash registers with devices that record credit and debit card data, or remotely hacking a retailer’s POS server...

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PCI’s Money Making Cash Cow Not So Good for the Industry

June 07, 2012 Added by:Andrew Weidenhamer

The level of scrutiny the PCI DSS has been subject to the last couple of years has been bad enough to accentuate it with the advent of the ISA program. The false sense of confidence the ISA program gives individuals is insanely bad for the industry. Like any other certification, the test isn’t difficult..

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Security: How Many People Does It Take?

June 01, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

Doing the actual grunt work of security is just not sexy work. There is no doubt about that. Ensuring the security of networks 24x7x365 is very monotonous work. And it is monotony that is one of the primary reasons why organizations get breached. People get bored and they start to cut corners....

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Small Merchant Data Security: Helping Them Help Themselves

May 17, 2012 Added by:Stacey Holleran

Many small merchants—whether selling online or brick-and-mortar, or both—don’t have the technological background to understand the steps necessary for protecting the cardholder information and other sensitive data that passes through (and may be stored in) their business systems...

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Who Are You Preaching to Anyway?

May 15, 2012 Added by:Neira Jones

Hard core security conferences continue to happen and continue to be successful, and long may it continue. We still need the techies to make sure we have the right tech to support the people and processes in our businesses. We also need the techies to try and keep ahead of the bad guys...

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A Reason Why the PCI Standards Get No Respect

May 11, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

The PCI SSC only requires its assessors document the services they provide in their assessment reports. While that offers a certain amount of transparency, when you read some of these ROCs, it becomes painfully obvious that some QSACs are assessing their own security services...

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What Infosec Can Learn from Enron

May 09, 2012 Added by:Beau Woods

Auditors aren't the sole authoritative voice, and they can be fooled or coerced like anyone else. Too often internal and external auditors are trusted as the arbiters of right and wrong. This can fail an organization if executives don't understand the role auditors should play...

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What Good is PCI-DSS?

May 02, 2012 Added by:david barton

Credit card processors have valuable information that bad guys would love to get their hands on. So processors are the Fort Knox of the modern world. When bad guys are motivated, no amount of security can keep them out. Does that mean PCI-DSS standards are worthless?

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Another Year, Another QSA Re-Certification

April 26, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

There is a lot of discussion on network segmentation, and this year’s presentation material indicates there are apparently still a lot of QSAs that do not understand the concept of network segmentation and what constitutes good segmentation from poor segmentation...

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Four Steps to Follow when Your Credit Card is Compromised

April 23, 2012 Added by:Christopher Burgess

Certification of compliance demonstrates that at that given point of time the entity was in adherence to the PCI standards. The threat landscape is dynamic and ever changing requiring those entrusted with our data to take steps beyond compliance to protect that data...

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Pain Comes Immediately – Secure Development Takes Time

April 17, 2012 Added by:Alexander Rothacker

Once a patch to a vulnerability is released, the vendor should give as much guidance as possible to its customer base so that they can make an informed decision on how to mitigate — may it be a workaround, such as disabling some functionality, configuring compensating controls...

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