PCI Compliance and Hotels

June 06, 2018
To streamline operations, improve service and remain competitive, hotels use computers to handle numerous tasks. While automation facilitates hotel operations and often makes a better stay for guests, it also opens hotels to digital threats perpetrated by malicious actors.

Changes to PCI DSS and What It Means for You

February 20, 2018
Are you compliant with PCI DSS Version 3.2? Restaurants, retailers, hotels, doctors' and lawyers' offices, and many more, all need to watch for PCI DSS updates to remain compliant.

Make a cybersecurity list and check it twice this holiday season

November 06, 2017
As the holidays swiftly approach, many of us are making lists and plans as part of the crescendo of year-end activity. We don’t want to forget anything important, but is ensuring safety from cybercrime at the top of your list?

The Top Five Cyber Threats Hotel Brands and Franchisees Need to Know About

June 19, 2017
While automation facilitates hotel operations and often makes a better stay for guests, it also opens hotels to digital threats perpetrated by malicious actors. Consequently, hotel operators should be aware of the types of cyber attacks, which can significantly hurt their brand reputation and bottom line, not to mention the safety and welfare of employees and guests.

Tips for Protecting Information While on the Go: What Summer Travelers Need to Know About Security

May 16, 2017
As the summer travel season quickly approaches, most people envision exchanging work clothes and school books for shorts, flip flops, and beach umbrellas as they look forward to that well-deserved vacation. Unfortunately, hackers have their own plans this summer...

The Top Five Threats That Restaurant Franchisees Need to Know About

March 29, 2017
Restaurants with multiple locations are taxed with increased pressure to succeed in different geographic locations, with potentially different demographics. This means implementing popular technology to serve that area—sometimes quickly—to keep the business afloat. The faster their success, customer enjoyment, and diner loyalty accelerate the more likely these locations are to become and remain go-to dining spots. However, in the rapid shuffle of getting these technologies set up, security is often forgotten.

May Your Holidays be Merry, Bright, and Hack Free: Simple Security Tips for the Biggest Shopping Season of the Year

December 21, 2016
Though there are many companies out there responsible for securing merchant locations from the risks of data breaches, people’s own risky behavior often leads to their ID theft problems, no matter how well merchants protect them. And with more and more merchants accepting chip cards this year, hackers are likely to go back to tried and true methods for preying on individual cardholders.

Serving up Security: What Restaurants Need to Know about Breach Risks and Prevention

December 14, 2016
Sure, the headlines have been wrought with healthcare ransomware stories, election-centric email breaches, and massive retail hacks—but restaurants are becoming more vulnerable to data breaches as well and cannot remain complacent.

Are there any weaknesses in your Point-of-Sale System?

September 06, 2016
News about a company being breached seems to be a regular occurrence nowadays. And it’s no wonder, with hackers getting more sophisticated and hungry for more.

Demystifying PCI Compliance

August 30, 2016
PCI compliance: that daunting phrase you always hear in the world of payments…but never truly understand. Well we’re here to sum it up for you—what it is, why it’s important and what you need to meet this standard.
 

POS VARs -- Don’t be a Target!

July 26, 2016
When business owners start looking at Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, they may feel overwhelmed at the infinite amount of options they can find online. How does a business owner make a decision? How do they know it’s the right decision?

7 ways you can prevent credit card fraud when shopping!

July 11, 2016
We know how tempting those summer sales are! But are you being careful on where you are swiping your card?

Are you guilty of any of these PCI myths?

June 27, 2016
We have gathered what have been common comments that we hear from business owners. And today, we would like to bust these myths!

Protecting your business from hacker’s attacks.

May 20, 2016
2016 Verizon Breach Investigations Report (Part 3 of 3)
We've covered the 4 patterns of attack used by hackers, expanded on how dangerous these attacks are and how hackers are hurting your business. But did you know, many of these attacks can be prevented with a little help and knowledge? 

What tools are hackers using to access businesses’ networks?

May 13, 2016
2016 Verizon Breach Investigations Report (Part 2 of 3)
In our previous post we showed you that regardless of the business’ size, location or industry, many are targets to hackers. So how are hackers getting into these businesses’ networks and stealing data?

Is your business at risk of a data breach?

May 06, 2016
2016 Verizon Breach Investigations Report (Part 1 of 3)
The 80 page report is packed with valuable data breach insights. We know time is valuable so we decided to save you some by sharing the 3 main topics you should understand from this report.

No Business is Too Small for Hackers!

May 02, 2016
It's National Small Business Week! Let's celebrate the hard work you do and make sure your business continues to grow. Have you ever thought about what would happen if your business is affected by a data breach? 

Hungry…Hungry…HIPAA

February 26, 2016
I have fond memories of playing a board game called Hungry Hungry Hippos in my younger days. Today’s medical practices mirror the chaos of the game. Each day seems more hectic than the previous...

Shoppers Care If You've Been Breached!

December 07, 2015
It’s the holiday season and for many that means shopping season! But it also means that theft increases, whether it is physical theft or cyber theft.

The Ten Steps Post Data Breach

October 12, 2015
Nearly 60% of businesses have experienced a breach in the last two years. Have you ever considered what would happen if your business was breached? Do you have a plan of action?

Six Simple Rules For Safe Credit Card Handling

October 05, 2015
The more you create a culture of security in your business, the safer your business will be. Make sure you have resources that your employees can use to educate themselves on dealing with security threats.

The Transition to EMV Isn't Over

September 28, 2015
Merchants know by now that after October 1st the liability for card-present fraud will shift to whichever party is the least EMV-compliant in a fraudulent transaction. This means that merchants will be more accountable if EMV is not implemented.

The Impact Of A Data Breach

August 31, 2015
What is the true cost of a data breach? A data breach affects your business, brand, and reputation. But it can be prevented.

Six Simple Rules For Safe Credit Card Handling

May 05, 2015
It is becoming more and more frequent to read about electronic data breaches in the news these days. Unfortunately, what is not touched on as frequently are the physical security issues present in restaurant and retail establishments.

Every Merchant Needs Electronic Data Protection

February 19, 2015
How many days go by between news stories involving computer breaches? The truth of the matter is that as long as sensitive data is gathered by merchants, thieves will attempt to steal it.

Backoff Has Been Upgraded Harder to Detect

November 07, 2014
So when you are a hacker and you write the most successful financial transaction hacking software in history, what do you do next? Well, if you are the makers of Backoff, you upgrade it.

Target Has A Bullseye On Its Chest

January 13, 2014
When Target announced that it had suffered a major breach of approximately 40 million credit cards and 70 million customer records, the nation as a whole took a collective gasp in shock. In the aftermath of the initial disclosure, the public then heard from Neiman Marcus that it too had suffered an electronic breach of data that may include credit cards.

Why Comply with PCI Security Standards

January 01, 2014
Why should you, as a merchant, comply with the PCI Security Standards? At first glance, especially if you are a smaller organization, it may seem like a lot of effort, and confusing to boot. But not only is compliance becoming increasingly important, it may not be the headache you expected.

Christmas-Kids and Hackers Love This Time of Year

December 06, 2013
When people think of Christmas, most of them imagine family gatherings and good times. We often forget that from the end of Thanksgiving to the beginning of the year, the U.S. spends billions of additional dollars on merchandise that otherwise would have stayed on the shelves. We sometimes forget that hackers love this season as well.

Thieves Tried to Steal Credit Cards from Nordstrom

October 18, 2013
The department store giant garnered unwanted attention earlier this month when they announced that a Florida store fell victim to a team of thieves who attached extremely small devices called key loggers in line with their keyboards where they plug into the registers.

Do Hackers Fear U.S. Jails?

January 18, 2013
In what should only be considered a victory for the U.S. DOJ, 2 of the 4 alleged Subway hackers responsible for potentially $10 Million dollars in computer fraud have been sentenced, and 1 of the remaining criminal’s trial is set to begin shortly.