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Payment Application Best Practices is dead. Now is the time for someone to take a stand!

by Don Bunt 2. March 2011 06:25

 

The first universal standard protecting credit card data is now dead.

 

Visa developed the Payment Application Best Practices (PABP) in 2005 to provide software vendors guidance in developing payment applications that help merchants and agents mitigate compromises, prevent storage of sensitive cardholder data and support overall compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

 

The PCI Security Standards Council has announced that PABP validated applications will expire today.  

 

The six year old PABP standard has been superseded by the much more secure “Payment Application – Data Security Standard” or PA-DSS. The PA-DSS was created in 2008 and is now on version 2.0.

 

Merchants using software validated against the PABP standard should have long ago moved to more secure systems. Unfortunately, they have not. 

 

What good are all of the new standards and new software, if no one is forced to use them?

 

Will the PCI Council force merchants to use the new standards?

Will Visa, Mastercard, American express or the other card brands?

How about the banks and processors?

The restaurant brands or franchisors?

 

Mr. Merchant, Who will stand by you when you have a breach and you are running an expired payment application?

 

Bunt Software is the maker of SMPLink™; a PA-DSS validated credit card interface software developed specifically for Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) users that integrates seamlessly with Merchant Link's TransactionVault® - a system that stores sensitive cardholder data in a secure vault - not on your back office computer.

 

SMPLink™ is the ONLY PA-DSS compliant credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.

 

Find SMPLink™ on the PCI Council List of Validated Payment Applications.

PCI Council approves the SMPLink™ PA-DSS Validation as it passes 1.5 Million Transactions

by Don Bunt 23. February 2011 16:19

  

Seven months after the original validation was completed by Halock Security Labs, the PCI council has approved the SMPLink PA-DSS validation.

 

Find SMPLinkon the PCI Council List of Validated Payment Applications.

 

Merchants using the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) software alone to process credit transactions will be in big trouble soon. The SMP software was validated against the old PABP v1.4 rule set. The Panasonic validation expired in November of 2010. In fact, the PCI council has announced that on March 2, 2011, it will expire all PABP v1.4 applications. 

The good news is that SMPLink is now processing over 30,000 transactions daily and is installed in hundreds of sites comprised of 28 different concepts. The SMPLink™ software is stable and reliable.

 

NOW ... THE RACE IS ON TO GET PCI COMPLIANT.

 

SMPLink™ is the ONLY PA-DSS compliant credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.

 

SMPLink™ integrates seamlessly with Merchant Link's TransactionVault® - a tokenization system that stores sensitive cardholder data in a secure vault - not on your back office computer.

According to Sue Zloth of the PCI Special Interest Group (SIG) on tokenization, “Devaluing your data with tokens” is one of the best ways to secure payment transactions and to help reduce scope for PCI. 

SMPLink™ Processes One Million Transactions

by Don Bunt 4. February 2011 06:21

It was just one month ago that we announced that SMPLink™ had processed 500,000 transactions. Now at the one million mark, SMPLink has processed an estimated $7.5 million in credit transactions.

Dealers for the SMPLink software have been busy installing as many as six sites per day. The waiting list for installation hovers around 200 sites.

 

SMPLink™ is the ONLY PA-DSS compliant credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) pos system.

 

Bunt Software is now looking to interface SMPLink™ with other point of sale systems allowing them to quickly and easily become PA-DSS compliant.

 

Merchant Link TLS Shutdown

Because of PCI compliance, Merchant Link has shut down support for SSL v3 and Early TLS versions on July 1, 2018. Any sites with SMPLink versions 1 & 2 are not able to process credit cards. Upgrade to SMPLink version 3 today!

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About Bunt Software

Bunt Software is the maker of SMPLink™, a PA-DSS validated credit card interface software developed specifically for Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) users that integrates seamlessly with Merchant Link's TransactionVault® - a system that stores sensitive cardholder data in a secure vault - not on your back office computer.

 

Bunt Software develops innovative software solutions on a project or time & material basis. Our turnkey software development services include Commercial Product Development, as well as Software Architecture, Design and Development.

 

Our experience and expertise spans a wide array of industries/markets, including:

 

·     Retail

·     Financial

·     Manufacturing

·     Telecommunications

·     Security 

 

 

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