EU General Data Protection Regulation, what you need to know  
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General Data Protection Regulation, what you need to know  

By Natasja Bolton, Senior Acquirer Support QSA   The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short, will affect the processing and movement of the personal data of the approximately 500 million citizens populating the EU Member States. The new legislation will apply across all EU Member States from 25th May 2018.   Furthermore, the […]

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Cyber Security Awareness Month
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Cyber Security Awareness Month: Stop. Think. Connect.

By Natasja Bolton, Senior Acquirer Support QSA October 2016 is Cyber Security Awareness Month which runs under the banner of STOP. THINK. CONNECT, and aims to help everyone (private citizens and businesses) to stay safer and more secure online. We believe it is a great opportunity to reach out to your small to medium business […]

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SHA-1 - the PCI Council’s views revealed
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SHA-1 – the PCI Council’s views revealed

By Natasja Bolton, Senior Acquirer Support QSA   Back in June, Sysnet reported on SHA-1 based certificates and why support was ceasing. In that article we also examined the potential impact on ecommerce businesses. Recently, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has released their own guidance on SHA-1 in the form of a Frequently Asked […]

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State of Pay – have mobile payments reached a turning point?
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State of Pay – have mobile payments reached a turning point?

By Natasja Bolton, Senior Acquirer Support QSA In 2012, Mastercard published the results of their survey of the global mobile payments landscape in their Mastercard Mobile Payments Readiness Index.  The survey recognised that while mobile payments adoption has dependencies on six major elements from infrastructure and financial services to regulation, the critical success factor for […]

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Building deeper relationships with your customers
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Building deeper relationships with your customers

Money can buy many things, however relationships is a trickier one. It involves behavioural traits that can’t always be easily defined and controlled. However the reality is that customer relationships are a key component of what drives business.   Many organisations can get caught up in the detail of their products and services. Neglecting to […]

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New tools in the fight against ransomware
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New tools in the fight against ransomware

With ransomware showing no signs of disappearing soon, a central repository website entitled “No-More-Ransom” has been established to disrupt cybercriminal businesses with ransomware connections. Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre has teamed up with the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, and two cyber security companies to offer advice and troubleshooting services.   A […]

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MICROS Security Incident – steps to protect your customers
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MICROS Security Incident – steps to protect your customers

By Natasja Bolton, Senior Acquirer Support QSA   On August 8th, 2016 Oracle issued a letter informing their MICROS customers that malicious code had been detected in certain legacy systems and advising on the actions their customers should take. Oracle’s letter and subsequent FAQs did not give details of the root cause of the MICROS […]

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Who are your customers outsourcing their security to?
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Are your customers looking to outsource their security and compliance?

Security and compliance is a lot like having to do taxes, it’s a chore. Most businesses understand that it is important to be secure and compliant, but the complexity and time that it can take can indeed be off putting. In fact some businesses turn to accountants to look after their compliance with standards such […]

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Timelines set for EU Directive on Network and Information Security
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Timelines set for EU Directive on Network and Information Security

By Natasja Bolton, Senior Acquirer Support QSA In our recent data breach article, we discussed the need for businesses to consider both their Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and legal obligations when planning for security incidents and data breach reporting. In this article we discuss the recently published EU directive on Network […]

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Enhancing your cyber defence through a physical security assessment

Physical Security Assessments can be viewed as a penetration test against the physical infrastructure of an organisation. Instead of the assessment of computer networks and services, buildings and physical locations are being assessed.   During this type of assessment the overall physical security of the location of a building, the facilities and the access controls […]

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