Understanding Your Risk - Scan for Vulnerabilities and Fix Issues

    

Here is the next in the series from the PCI Council's -  How to Protect Your Business With These Security Basics.

Security risks are everywhere these days - everyone up and down the chain is affected.  At Skurla's Point of Sale Solutions, we take security very seriously - and wanted to share some resources from the PCI Security Council.  

This month's topic:  Understanding Your Risk - Scan for Vulnerabilities and Fix Issues

PCI Scan

According to the Council:

"New vulnerabilities, security holes, and bugs are being discovered daily. It’s vital to have your Internet-facing systems tested regularly to identify these new risks and address them as soon
as possible. Your Internet facing systems (like many payment systems) are the most
vulnerable because they can be easily exploited by criminals, allowing them to sneak into
your systems."

And, if you are processing through one of our preferred processors, Skurla's will assist you with your scan.  It's easy and saves you money - because if you don't complete your scans, your Merchant Service Provider may start charging you non-compliance fees.

Here is a list of recommendations from the Council:

GET ADVICE. Ask your merchant bank if they have partnerships with any PCI Approved Scanning
Vendors (ASVs). Ask your vendors and service providers too.

TALK TO A PCI ASV. These vendors can help you with tools that automatically search your network
to find vulnerabilities and provide you with a report if, for example, you need to apply a patch. The PCI
Council’s list (referenced below) can help you find a scanning vendor.

SELECT A SCANNER. Contact several PCI ASVs to find one with a program suitable for your small
business.

ADDRESS VULNERABILITIES. Ask your ASV for help correcting issues found by scanning.

Click here to download your copy of the guide.

Call Skurla's to get help with your scan!  907-243-2683

For more information on this topic or other point of sale and payment concerns, call us, or fill out the form below and one of our representatives will contact you.

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About The Author

Lynn literally grew up in the point of sale and cash register industry – and is now at the helm of the family business. She enjoys working with local Alaskan businesses, especially restaurants, grocery stores, and retail operations - helping them control costs and increase revenues through well managed point of sale solutions. Besides running the company, Lynn has also served on the Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Board, for the Retail Solutions Provider Association.