PCI: Do You Comply?

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC or just PCI) is an organization that was started by the five major credit card providers to develop an across the board standard for payment card security. The standard they developed will be put into force by these companies—American Express, JBC, VISA, MasterCard, Discover—in July of 2010. If you take credit cards online then you will need to be in compliance by then. Here is what you will need to know.  /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} The Standards Before you can be PCI... [Read Full Article]


Data Security Best Practices for Small Merchants

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and Visa will be hosting a free online seminar titled Data Security Best Practices for Small Merchants on Wednesday, July 30th, at 2:00 pm Central time. "Hackers and criminals continue to target businesses of all sizes in search of payment card information. Small businesses account for 85% of all reported security breaches. Consumers want to know that the businesses that handle their sensitive personal information -- including their name, address and bankcard account number -- are taking precautions to prevent these crimes." The one-hour webinar will cover recent security breach trends as well as specific actions small business owners can take to protect their business. Topics will include: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Data security best practices for small businesses Tools you can implement to reduce risk  You will need t... [Read Full Article]