Understanding Your Risk - Protect Your Business From the Internet - Please Read!

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Aug 26, 2019 12:32:30 PM

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 - Protect Your Business from the Internet

Oh yes, the Internet - for business owners, it is often a double-edged sword.

According to the Council:

"The Internet is the main highway used by data thieves to attack and steal your
customers’ card data. For this reason, if your business is on the Internet, anything you use for card payments needs extra protection."

While protecting your customer's data can seem overwhelming, below are some basic recommendations that every business should follow.

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Understanding Your Risk - Use Secure Payment Terminals and Solutions

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jul 23, 2019 11:27:29 AM

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 - Use Secure Payment Terminals and Solutions

According to the Council:

"A sure way to better protect your business is to use secure payment solutions and trained professionals to help you."

"Your customers enter their personal identification numbers (PINs) for their payment cards into your payment terminal or PIN entry device. It is important to use secure devices to protect your customers’ PIN data."

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A Quick EMV Refresher from NCR

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Feb 10, 2017 1:20:09 PM


We are all still hearing about EMV in the Point of Sale world.  And we still get questions about what it means to your business.  I thought I would share this blog post from NCR Counterpoint:

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Card Industry Delays Continue to Slow EMV Chip Card Transition

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jan 10, 2017 12:28:00 PM

 I thought we would share the press release from the National Retail Federation (see link below).

They are spot on when they talk about the importance of tokenization and encryption - which is completely different than the EMV issue - tokenization and encryption help prevent card data theft - very serious credit card security issues that should concern every retail store owner.

"While chips make it more difficult to create counterfeit cards from stolen card data, retailers surveyed said they are also working on technologies like tokenization and encryption that make it difficult to steal card data in the first place."

Here at Skurla's POS Solutions,  we are seeing all levels of EMV solution readiness - we work with dozens of vendors - and there is still A LOT of confusion in the marketplace.  Several solutions that claim to be ready, may in fact be only partially ready.  It depends on who you process with, what payment methods you take (for example, many many processors and EMV solutions still don't have debit and EBT certified on an EMV solution yet), what software you use, what hardware you have, etc.

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Counterpoint EMV Update

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Dec 12, 2016 5:25:00 PM

If you are using Ingenico iSC250 payment terminals with NCR Secure Pay, the 8.5.2 Service Pack allows you to process EMV card transactions.

Note:  Your iSC250 payment terminal(s) must be updated to firmware version 14.0.5 or 14.0.6 and must be configured for use with NCR Secure Pay to support EMV card transactions.

Once  the V8.5.2 Service Pack is installed and the configuration steps have been completed, you will be able to use your Ingenico iSC250 payment terminal(s) to process EMV card transactions. You will also be able to enter an EMV card number and expiration date manually when a card is unreadable or unavailable, as well as to add a card on file to a customer record.

Please read below to learn more.

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