Understanding the TLS Issue & Why Your Credit Cards May Stop Working!

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Apr 30, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Yes, credit cards may stop working on your point of sale system this summer!  We are providing you with more information on this important issue - please take a moment to read.

First some definitions and background on this topic:

TLS: Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol used to establish a secure communications channel between two systems.

SSL: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private.

On Feb. 13, 2015, the PCI Security Standards Council announced that SSL, a protocol designed to ensure that data provided between a web server and a web browser, such as credit card information, remains secure - is no longer an acceptable way to provide strong cryptography, due to a number of known fundamental vulnerabilities. The deadline is June 30, 2018. 

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Urgent - NCR Counterpoint - CP Gateway End of Life

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Apr 24, 2018 8:49:55 AM

We hate to sound like a broken record, but the deadline is getting closer, and you don't want to lose the ability to process credit cards:

On April 30th of this year, NCR will no longer support processing on CPGateway for TSYS, with Worldpay and other processors soon to follow.  NCR is advising its customers to migrate to NCR Secure Pay before this date to ensure they can continue processing without interruption.   
 

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PCI Council Announces Changes to Qualified Integrators & Resellers Program

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Mar 25, 2018 7:15:02 PM

In March, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced new changes to the PCI Qualified Integrators and Resellers (QIR) Program in response to industry feedback and data breach report findings. The program changes are designed to increase the number of QIRs and equip them to help merchants reduce risk by mitigating the leading causes of payment data breaches. 

The PCI SSC QIR program offers specialized data security training and certification to individuals that install, configure and/or support payment systems. PCI SSC maintains a listing of PCI QIRs on its website for merchants to use in identifying and selecting trusted partners. Since the program was established in 2012, breach reports highlight that smaller merchants are increasingly under attack, and that the majority of merchant payment data breaches could be prevented by addressing three critical issues: insecure remote access, weak password practices and outdated and unpatched software.

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NCR Counterpoint - CP Gateway End of Life Reminder

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Mar 25, 2018 5:48:55 PM

We hate to sound like a broken record, but.. just a friendly reminder:

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NCR Counterpoint - CP Gateway End of Life

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Feb 22, 2018 5:06:01 PM

 In case you missed this notice from NCR Counterpoint:

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Take 5 Minutes to Read About PCI & Security - It Could Save Your Business

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Feb 20, 2018 7:20:00 AM

Data Breaches, ID Theft, Credit Card Breaches - we hear this all the time in the news.  And this is the last thing you as an owner or manager want to experience for your business!

Please take time to read this!  It could save your business!

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NCR Counterpoint - New TLS Patch Coming March 6th

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Feb 12, 2018 10:03:00 AM

 In case you missed this notice from NCR Counterpoint:

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After the Equifax Breach, Advice From  Counterpoint Regarding Security

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jan 24, 2018 2:36:49 PM

Given all the recent security scares, we wanted to share this informative blog from NCR Counterpoint regarding security and your point of sale system:

After the Equifax Breach: Counterpoint and You r Security

Talk of the Equifax breach has dominated headlines, blog posts, and dinner table conversations over the last few weeks. According to a post on the Federal Trade Commission website, hundreds of thousands of people’s names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, credit card numbers, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers were compromised in one of the largest data breaches in history. This has inspired small-to-medium businesses to take extra precautions in securing their own data, but many still feel overwhelmed and under-prepared.

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A Must Read for All Business Owners - How To Avoid Charge Backs

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jan 24, 2018 11:09:14 AM

If you accept credit cards in your business and want to avoid charge backs and/or reduce credit card fraud,  we strongly encourage you to read this article from TSYS, one of our favorite preferred credit card processors:

" Charge Backs, Why They Happen, How to Prevent Them"

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See the list of the questions about charge backs answered in this article:

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Update from the Paper Industry - January 5, 2018

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jan 5, 2018 11:15:00 AM

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Update from one of our major paper suppliers:

January 5, 2018 – Thermal paper supply continues to be allocated by the mills due to the on-going leuco dye shortage.  Mills continue to search for alternative sources of supply to meet customer demand.  These sources often come at a price premium driving up prices for thermal paper.  A thermal paper surcharge was just passed to the market and will be in effect at least through the first quarter of 2018.  

As of today, neither Chinese leuco dye plant has restarted production.  The exact date for the restart of the Chinese leuco dye plants is still unknown.  When they resume manufacturing, the supply chain is expected to take months to fill.  As such, we currently project supply will remain allocated through the first half of 2018.

Our strategy with respect to thermal paper supply continues to keep Iconex in the best possible position for paper availability. 

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