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The Status of EMV

Conversion from magnetic-stripe payment cards to EMV (Europay, Mastercard, and Visa) chip cards boomed when EMV conversion first launched, and recent data from Visa Inc shows that conversion efforts continue to grow.

EMV conversion was first introduced in 2015 when the major card networks established a liability shift from issuers to merchants. Beginning in October 2015, merchants assumed the responsibility for financial losses due to counterfeit fraud if their POS terminals could not accept chip cards. As merchants gave chip technology top priority, EMV conversion grew rapidly...

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The PCI SSF – Your Questions Answered

In response to questions we’ve received regarding the PCI Software Security Framework (PCI SSF), we’ve compiled the following answers to clarify the PCI Council’s newest standards.


Does the PCI SSF apply to me?

The PCI SSF is currently composed of two standards: 

1.       Secure Software Standard (SSS)

2.       Secure Software Lifecycle Standard (SSLC)

The SSS applies to payment software that is sold, distributed, or licensed to third parties. This...

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Best Practices for Maintaining PCI DSS Compliance

Replacing a guidance document published in 2014, the PCI Council recently published Information Supplement: Best Practices for Maintaining PCI DSS Compliance. This new supplemental document outlines guidance and instruction for handling challenges associated with preserving PCI DSS compliance after the PCI DSS assessment has completed.

Challenges in maintaining compliance occur for a variety of reasons. An organization may make changes due to customer requirements, shifting business goals, or a change in technology infrastructure. An organization may assume that continuing to do...

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The Essentials to Data Security

A look at recent breaches reveals the continued need for securing information.  The Identity Theft Resource Center continues to collect an increasing amount of breach data (https://idtheftcenter.org/2018-data-breaches/ ), proving that criminals are still working hard at committing cybercrimes.  Business data breaches no longer dominate news headlines, perhaps indicating a sense of complacency or business-as-usual view regarding data security.  But businesses must remain vigilant in protecting the data that has been entrusted to them. 

The PCI Council...

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PCI Council Publishes New Software Security Standards

January 2019, the PCI SSC published the PCI Software Security Framework v1.0 (PCI SSF).  Program related materials (Program Guide, Reporting templates, et. al.) and the like are expected to be published mid-2019.  But today, the PCI SSF standards are published and available on the PCI SSC website.  The PCI SSF is composed of two standards:

·        The Secure Software Standard v1.0

·        The Secure Software Lifecycle Standard v1.0

The Secure Software Standard...

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