March 20, 2019 •
Counterfeit payment cards, stolen payment cards, use of an assumed identity to complete a credit card application… these are easily-recognizable examples of payment card fraud. When a fraud incident occurs in the retail setting, it’s often contained with only small losses occurring to the merchant involved. But what happens when a payment card data breach occurs at that same business? Are its causes and consequences basically the same?
Payment Security • Point of Sale
December 19, 2018 •
Recently I sat down with CSP Magazine technology writer Jackson Lewis to talk about the technology “arms race” retailers and law enforcement are in with skimming criminals. We refer to it as such because, like every other area of cybersecurity, there is a continual one-upping of technology going on between the good guys and the bad guys. When it comes to fuel pump skimmers, however, there may be an end in sight…
Encryption • Payment Security • Point of Sale
March 29, 2018 •
Outpacing cybercriminals’ tools and techniques is tough work, and that’s why the payments industry is embracing payment security innovation. ControlScan Executive Chairman Tom Wimsett recently sat down with Jason Oxman, CEO of the ETA, to discuss the challenges facing acquirers, ISOs, processors and payment facilitators as they work to assist merchants with security and compliance.
Point of Sale
July 16, 2017 •
Payment card data security isn’t a new concept, yet businesses everywhere still can’t get it right. The payment card industry has a growing body of standards, merchants and technology providers strive to follow them, and consumers continue to demand them.But payment card data breaches still happen. Regularly. Why?It’s time we upped the ante on our efforts to help merchants protect themselves.
Point of Sale
July 12, 2016 •
Event log monitoring—or keeping an eye on your system logs for security and compliance purposes—can be a challenge. Here at ControlScan we see businesses and their IT teams struggling with its implementation and/or maintenance just about every day.
Internet of Things • Network Security • Point of Sale
January 25, 2016 •
Whether it is PAN data (credit card numbers), ePHI, PII or intellectual property, the rationale is all the same; disclosing any sensitive data can be a nightmare for your company or product’s future. This post, however, is focused on cardholder data, because businesses with POS environments are the most commonly breached entities that exist and quite frankly, their average security posture is pretty low.
Encryption • Point of Sale
January 7, 2016 •
For many the New Year represents a fresh start, but when it comes to information security, 2016 is expected to be more of an evolution than a revolution. Nowhere is this more true than in the payments space, which continues to grapple with cybercrime and fraud in the midst of technology innovation.
EMV • Point of Sale
October 5, 2015 •
Network Security • Point of Sale • Vulnerability Management
Companies are innovating in every channel; however, integrating all of these new data sources presents serious security risks. Acknowledging this, many companies have elevated the issue of data security all the way to their Boards of Directors. Learn why business leaders are getting serious about security.
July 1, 2015 •
You may have heard that EMV is a safer technology, which is why the banks and card brands want you to use it. So why would I say that EMV is not a security technology?
EMV • Encryption • Point of Sale
May 21, 2015 •
In the quick serve and fast casual restaurant space, the technologies we choose to adopt are often driven by customer demand, the need to curtail the rising cost of doing business and the Internet of Things (IoT) explosion.
Internet of Things • Point of Sale
April 17, 2015 •
Earlier this year, information began to filter out to SMBs regarding America’s shift to EMV payment technology. Unfortunately, you may have found these communications left you with more questions than answers. While it may be confusing, your business’s shift to EMV is essential to its long-term success.
EMV • Point of Sale
February 4, 2015 •
The rapid growth and infusion of the Internet of Things (IoT) in everyday life has correspondingly seeped into the workings of everyday business. Security cameras, energy management systems, digital menu boards, kiosks, LED light bulbs, thermostats, medical devices, etc., are examples of Internet-connected components that, when connected to a business network, become points of vulnerability (PoVs) and therefore must be securely managed.
Internet of Things • Malware • Point of Sale
December 12, 2014 •
It’s a Tuesday afternoon and the lunch rush is in full swing at your store. Customers form four neat rows at the counter and a line of cars partially encircles the building, inching forward as your drive-through staff scrambles to fulfill each order. You are making the rounds between kitchen and counter, ensuring that all stations are running like clockwork.
Firewalls • Network Security • Point of Sale
November 17, 2014 •
Users of Apple’s iOS (smartphone and tablets) and OS X (Macs) devices have traditionally thought of themselves as being fairly immune from viruses, Trojans and other infections and attacks. The past week’s flurry of articles on WireLurker (and the related Masque attack) called that assumption into question for many, however.
Mobile Security • Point of Sale