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.

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Three InfoSec Retail Predictions

December 14, 2017
It has been a turbulent year for industry as a whole, and retail has been in the center of the turbulence. Amazon bought Whole Foods, grocery chains moved into new markets, and myriad players invested heavily in building digital capabilities. The catchphrase on everyone’s lips has been, “Transform the customer experience.”

The “Bumper-to-Bumper” Security Solution of POS Systems?

November 01, 2017
When Point-to-point encryption (P2PE) was standardized by the PCI Security Standards Council, many thought it would become the be-all end-all security solution they needed. It would protect customer data and relieve some of the burden of PCI compliance on the merchant. As with anything that sounds too good to be true, proceed with caution.

A haunting tale, just in time for the fall: Don’t let what happened to them, happen to you…

October 09, 2017
The old Haunted Hotel with squeaky wood floors, welcomed all guests who dared enter the front doors. Guests arrived from every nation – every corner of world – ready to spend money and explore.

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 Choosing the Right POS Provider: What a small business owner needs to know

May 02, 2017
As a new business owner, there is so much to be proud of and so much to do. Your idea turned into a plan that has been put to action, so now what? At the forefront, there is one question you need to answer from the start.

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.

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!

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? 

What you should know about PCI DSS 3.2

April 26, 2016
PCI DSS 3.2 is scheduled for release at the end of April. Have you thought about how this update can affect your business? Will you still be PCI compliant?

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.

4 Common Data Threats Every Business Needs to Be Aware Of

August 24, 2015
Four Common Data Threats

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.

PCI 3.0 – A Wake Up Call for SAQ C Merchants

September 29, 2014
Most merchants who have been validating their PCI compliance for a few years now probably know which SAQ type applies to them. In PCI 2.0, it has been fairly simple. And now we are facing PCI 3.0.

About the PCI Security Standards Council

January 20, 2014
The PCI Security Standards Council is an open global forum, launched in 2006, that is responsible for the development, management, education, and awareness of the PCI Security Standards, including the Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), and PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements.

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.

PCI 3.0 Is Coming - Are You Ready?

October 04, 2013
Every 3 years the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) is updated to a new version. The time for the next release is right around the corner. Are you Ready?

Square Cash - A Money Transfer Game Changer?

May 24, 2013
Square strives to make financial transactions simple enough so that the average person on the street can participate. Before Square, a regular person without a bank supplied merchant account could not take credit cards. Today, Square allows everyone with a smart phone to accept credit cards, and now the company is focusing on another market – person to person cash payments.