The Online Team and I had a great time at the PCI Community meeting last week, set in the spectacular environs of Vancouver BC. We ate and drank, pontificated, watched ferries and seaplanes come into the harbor (my inner 8-year old self couldn’t resist and I booked a flight out on one), and had a generally spectacular time networking with old and new friends in the payment security space. While there were far too many interesting presentations and conversations to put into one place, I had a few takeaways that I felt were worth sharing. In no particular order:Read More
Although 2019 promises a new version of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) the current version 3.2.1 is the de facto standard for measuring security programs for all merchants and service providers that participate in commerce using credit or debit cards.
There are twelve major requirements in the PCI DSS, and considering the complexity of the material we have chosen to dedicate individual blogs to the different requirements. The focus of these blogs will be to provide tips and pointers, help provide clarity for “what’s new” and to enhance understanding so that your organization can achieve a sustainable security posture that easily satisfies the requirements of the PCI DSS.Read More
Leadership, Security, Privacy, PCI, SystemAdministrators, Authentication, Passwords, PasswordComplexity, Captcha
Password complexity and authentication has always been a subject of contention both for users and system administrators. Many assume that forcing users to create more complex passwords, and changing them frequently, will lead to greater system safety - in theory this may be true. Given human nature, things rarely go as planned and research has shown that forcing users to comply with these additional requirements has actually had a detrimental effect on system security.Read More