Understanding Your Risk - Install Patches


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:  Install Patches From Your Vendors

Hackers can take advantage of bugs and vulnerabilities in software applications and can break into your computer and steal account data.Stop Cyber Attack Sign in Red Polygon on Pale Bare Hand. Isolated on White Background.

Here is a list of the recommendations from the Council on how to protect yourself against these vulnerabilities:

ASK your vendor or service provider how it notifies you of new security patches, and make sure you receive and read these notices.

WHICH VENDORS SEND YOU PATCHES? You may get patches from vendors of your payment terminal, payment applications, other payment systems (tills, cash registers, PCs, etc.), operating systems (Android, Windows, iOS, etc.), application software (including your web browser), and business software.

MAKE SURE your vendors update your payment terminals, operating systems, etc. so they can support the latest security patches. Ask them.

E-COMMERCE MERCHANTS. Installing patches as soon as possible is very important for you too. Also look out for patches from your payment service provider. Ask your e-commerce hosting provider whether they patch your system (and how often). Make sure they update the operating system, e-commerce platform and/or web application so it can support the latest patches.

FOLLOW your vendor’s/service provider’s instructions and install those patches as soon as possible. 

Click here to download your copy of the guide.

For more information on this topic or other point of sale and payment concerns, call us at 907-243-2683.  Or fill out the form below and one of our representatives will contact you.




About The Author

Lynn grew up in the point of sale and cash register industry working in the family business – and is now at the helm of Skurla's POS Solutions. 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. In her spare time, she loves cooking, camping and volunteering with organizations that are passionate about helping children.