PCI Compliance News

Sword & Shield Enterprise Security’s PCI compliance experts provide information about PCI compliance news, trends, and best practices.


Jan 2019

How Managed Security Can Help Reach PCI Compliance

The PCI DSS standard is designed to ensure the security of credit card data. Any organization that stores, transmits, or processes credit card information must comply with the requirements of the PCI DSS standard. The organization must pass third-party audits designed to test this compliance. What Do I Need to Do for PCI Compliance? In order to be compliant with PCI DSS, an organization needs...

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Nov 2018

The Importance of Configuration Standards for Regulatory Compliance

Developing and implementing strong configuration standards for regulatory compliance is an important aspect of an organization’s cybersecurity strategy. Privacy regulations commonly require configuration standards. Therefore, knowing how to create strong ones is an important part of achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance for frameworks such as HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS, and NIST. What Are Regulatory Compliance Configuration Standards? All technology comes with a default configuration and, in...

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Sep 2018

New PCI SSC Payment Security Tool Helps Small Merchants

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that small businesses made up 61% of the organizations surveyed. These highly-targeted businesses often do not have the technical expertise on staff necessary to effectively thwart or manage security attacks. PCI Payment Security Tool Purpose To assist small merchants in fighting cybercrime, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) recently announced the launch of the PCI Data Security...

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Aug 2018

Making PCI DSS Business as Usual

Learn how to achieve PCI DSS Business as Usual as part of your compliance. The PCI DSS standards are designed to ensure that companies processing, transmitting or storing customer credit card information are protecting it appropriately. The process for becoming PCI certified includes passing a yearly audit where security controls are evaluated, meaning that the minimum requirement for certification is ensuring that systems are compliant at...

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May 2018

Sword & Shield Enterprise Security Contributes to PCI DSS

Award winning national cybersecurity firm garners acknowledgement from PCI Council. Knoxville, Tenn. May 10, 2018 – Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, a leading national cybersecurity firm headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, announced today the company has been acknowledged for its contributions to the April 2018 PCI SSC Cloud Computing Guidelines Information Supplement. This is the third time Sword & Shield has been credited with contribution to...

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Aug 2017

PCI DSS Changes to Be Enforced in 2018: Are you ready?

By Jack Dempsey The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a security standard for merchants and service providers that process, store or transmit credit card information. Forward dated PCI DSS changes in Version 3.2 of the DSS requiring increased network security will be enforced in 2018. Are you ready? The most important change to the standards will be enforced beginning July 1,...

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Jan 2017

From 1999 to 2017: PCI Continues to Evolve

The origins of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) go back to the late 1990s – the dawn of the Internet era, but despite its humble beginnings, the PCI DSS has come a long way. What began as a customer security program at VISA is now a regulatory body for nearly all retailers who want to use credit cards. Sword & Shield Enterprise...

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Nov 2016

Holiday Shopping Safety Series

Avoid holiday cyber scams and hoaxes By Joe Gray Because the cash flow is on the rise, the activity of cyber criminals are increasing as well. The purpose of this blog series is to educate you, the reader, about how to be safe through this season including Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. While I try to be thorough, I cannot possibly cover...

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Nov 2016

Holiday Shopping Safety Series

Shopping Safely via Credit Card and e-Commerce By Joe Gray It’s that time of year again: stores closing for a couple of hours (if at all) on Thanksgiving while others are completely closed. Black Friday is creeping into Thursday and cutting into turkey overload time. Starbucks has the peppermint syrup for our frappuccinos, lattes, and mocha drinks. Families are shopping for the best deals for...

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Jul 2016

PCI Compliance Should Start with Security

While it’s true the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has helped curtail credit card fraud by requiring merchants to comply with its regulations, many merchants still don’t understand that merely meeting compliance goals does not mean their data is secure. Many security and compliance experts now argue that PCI standards have become little more than a check-box activity leaving the retailer with...

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