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On July 21, 2011

PCI Certified? What does that mean? Is there such a thing?

If a vendor gets an ROC (Report on Compliance) from an auditor, does it mean that his entire retail environment is PCI compliant, hence PCI Certified?  In reality, is there even such a term? I bring up this question since in one of the recent articles I read, a PCI security vendor for mobile payme ...

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On July 17, 2011

I Don’t Want an Authentication Token!

Many users complain that carrying around a token device in their pocket or key chain (key fob with a little display on it, USB device to plug into their computer, etc.) to use for entering their second form of authentication when logging into security compliant  computer systems is very troublesome ...

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On July 14, 2011

Virtual environments can’t escape PCI DSS standards and compliance

The PCI Council recently came out with an updated supplement to PCI DSS 2.0 for virtual environments.  Apparently, much needed clarifications have been addressed in this new documents.  Standards have to be read and re-read to understand what they exactly mean.  Essentially, what it comes down to ...

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On July 11, 2011

Large breaches lead to additional government scrutiny

Additional details continue to become available regarding the recent breach of approximately 360,000 Citibank credit card accounts. The breach was first discovered on May 10, and the customer notification process began on June 3. According to Citibank, no account numbers have been compromised yet, b ...

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On July 7, 2011

Next in line for PCI compliance: Mobile Payment Applications

Companies consistently ahead of cutting edge technologies such as Apple, Google and other mobile device manufacturers are advancing the payment applications of their phones.  This is to be expected since Smartphones and iPhones are undoubtedly and predictably the wave of the future. It has kept the ...

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