New Avenues for E-Commerce

E-Commerce Offers New Avenues for Payment Acceptance 1-800-Flowers is paving the way, yet again, for retailers to reach consumers via E-Commerce. The company has jumped on the Facebook bandwagon and is taking advantage of the viral social networking phenomenon. In late July, they became the first store to sell their products directly through Facebook, via […]

Data Security: Who is Responsible?

The latest news about Heartland Payment Systems’ 2008 security breach revealed some alarming, yet important, issues about the reporting of breaches and responsibility of the players involved in data security. Heartland’s 2008 data breach is supposedly the largest breach of that year, but not the only one hit by the same hacker. According to Bob Carr, CEO […]

CISP, SDP, DISC…What Security Standards Do You Follow

As a merchant, you accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  You have learned that each card brand has its own set of data security standards guidelines. So, which one do you follow? Good news! The card industry has made that decision for you. A Little History The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) was […]

The Payment Card Industry Security Standard Dozen

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council is always creating new and effective versions of PCI DSS. The most recent of such compliance standards is version 1.2 which has 12 requirements for enhancing payment account security. These requirements are designed to address a broad range of data security, from software design to policies and procedures. Version […]

Online & Network Security Must Haves – Part 3

Password security is important within your online network security and knowing the different types of identity theft is great, but what are the best ways to prevent identity theft? Many believe that PCI compliance does not affect them because they are not a payment processor or don’t run a gateway. This is a common mistake and can […]

Online & Network Security Must Haves – Part 2

Part one of this series talked about identity thieves wanting your password, and we discussed ways to protect against having your passwords compromised. Securing your password seems to be only 25 percent of the battle these days. Many network security attacks and breaches, like the Heartland Breach, occurred from within. So it is important to be PCI […]

Online & Network Security Must Haves – Part 1

The word “hacker” is often associated with the terms crime and fraud. However, hackers can be a good defense against online fraud, such as the “white hat” hackers that work to prevent fraud and fight identity theft. Unfortunately, white hat hackers aren’t as common as criminal hackers. It is important to first understand what different types of […]

Red Flag Compliance Deadline Extended

The Federal Trade Commission announced that “creditors” will not have to worry about fines associated with non compliance with Red Flag Rules until May 1st 2009. A creditor is defined as any entity that extends, renews, or continues credit and any entity that regularly arranges for the extension, renewal, or continuation of credit. For example, mortgage brokers, […]

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