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Impressive stats from Visa Europe about Contactless Cards' usage growth

Posted by Igor Mancini on 1 Jul 2016

Topics: Compliance, News, Tools and Apps, Zerorisk Solutions

Earlier this year the UK Card Association revealed some impressive stats about contactless card usage. The organisation revealed that between July 2014 and July 2015, the number of contactless payments increased by a whopping 237% in the UK and that they now account for 8% of all UK card payments, meaning that UK consumers are taking advantage of the technology in a big way.

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A "work anywhere" Information Security Policy to reduce Security Risks

Posted by Igor Mancini on 24 Jun 2016

Topics: News, Tools and Apps

Long gone are the days where entire workforces would need to be in the same office just to work together. Organisations can now collaborate no matter where they are based – and we’re not just talking about having a network of offices all over the world either.

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Payment Card-Reading devices and terminals breaches on the rise

Posted by Marco Borza on 10 Jun 2016

Topics: Compliance, Zerorisk Solutions

I recently read an article on the PointofSales Blog mentioning the latest report from Juniper Research. Experts have found that smartphone and tablet-based mobile point-of sale terminals will take on a significant role in businesses, handling 40% of all retail transaction value by 2021, up from an expected 12% in 2016. This made me think about the importance of the PoS and other payment card-reading devices.

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Payment Cards and Contactless will be the most used Payment Methods

Posted by Igor Mancini on 27 May 2016

Topics: Compliance, Zerorisk Solutions

People buy products and services for various reasons and needs, and even if everyone has a different taste and seems so different, they have at least two things in common when they buy something: the payment methods they use to pay those goods and the fear they experience to get their payment cards and money stolen.

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PCI DSS 3.2 introduces the Designated Entities Supplemental Validation

Posted by Marco Borza on 19 May 2016

Topics: Compliance

The Designated Entities Supplemental Validation (DESV) is an additional documentation that Qualified Security Assessors (QSA) can - or in some cases have to - use to validate organisations that must be PCI DSS compliant. PCI DSS v3.2 was released in April 2016 and it officially introduced this additional set of instructions.

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Reduce the cost of cyber crime, increase the investment in IT Security

Posted by Igor Mancini on 13 May 2016

Topics: News, Tools and Apps

There are many costs when it comes to cyber crime. One of these is the potential loss of data as, having failed to properly protect the personal (and payment) data of your clients and customers, you may see their private, financial information getting into the hands of cyber criminals. Another is the loss your reputation as potential clients and customers may regard you as "that business that isn’t doing enough to keep its data safe".

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Visa unveils mandate deadlines for U.S. and Canadian Acquirers

Posted by Marco Borza on 6 May 2016

Topics: Compliance, News, Tools and Apps

On the 1st of May 2016, Visa Europe mandate officially went live. The European mandate aimed to make organisations more accountable for their security, as it included changes to Merchant Portfolio reporting (which is now every six months instead of three) and it also saw Acquirers having to achieve a nominal target of 90% compliance for each Merchant Level, with those who fall significantly below the mandate’s targets potentially being formally audited by Visa Europe.

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PCI DSS 3.2 is out. Discover how it is impacting your organisation.

Posted by Igor Mancini on 29 Apr 2016

Topics: Compliance

Job done! As previously announced, the PCI Council has released PCI DSS 3.2, the new version the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The news was spread yesterday 28th of April 2016. A few changes have been brought to the Data Security Standard (one of the major ones is the introduction of the Designated Entities Supplemental Validation criteria - DESV as an appendix to the standard) together with the creation of new requirements and additional guidance for existing ones.

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