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Payment card security for small businesses

Wynn Obermeyer

The recognized industry standard for payment card security, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), recently launched a new set of payment protection resources for small businesses which is appropriately called PCI Payment Protection Resources for Small Merchants. This is a timely launch, considering that small businesses around the world are increasingly at risk for payment data theft — and nearly half of cyberattacks worldwide in 2015 were against small businesses with fewer than 250 workers.

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Topics: Security Threats, PCI

PCI DSS & the release of version 3.0

Wynn Obermeyer

Part II – PCI DSS

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) was established in 2006 to ensure that any company maintaining or transmitting credit payment card information performs those tasks in a secure environment. PCI DSS is a framework to enable companies to implement data security processes, training, and IT standards to proactively protect card data.


The release of version 3.0 by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council occurred on November 2013 and is comprised of 12 primary requirements. Each of these requirements in turn consists of more than 400 “controls” and “sub-controls.” Any company who accepts credit and debit cards payments is obligated to ensure their systems meet the PCI DSS 3.0 standards and to document that they are protecting payment card data. Some of the significant changes with the PCI DSS 3.0 standards that effect companies accepting payment cards are the following:
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Topics: PCI

Unfamiliar with PCI Data Security Standards? If your business takes credit or debit cards for payment you will want to be!

Matt Allen

Part 1: PCI DSS defined.

Does your business process credit or debit card transactions, even just a few per month? It is important that you understand what PCI DSS is and how it impacts your processes.

I am kicking off this series of blog posts which will help you become more familiar with what PCI DSS is and what SMBs need to do to comply. Additional CoreTech staff will be contributing to this series, so please watch for more information to come on this topic!

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Topics: PCI