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Panasonic SMP Users LinkedIn Group

by Don Bunt 22. April 2011 15:48

Today, I created the Panasonic SMP Users LinkedIn Group. This group is for users of the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) point of sale system. It is a place to network and participate in discussions.

 

 Click here to go to the Panasonic SMP Users LinkedIn group now.

  

 There are other places to network with other Panasonic SMP users like the Old Skool Pos Forum and best of all, its FREE.

 

Merchants Breached Because of Lenient Security Protocols

by Caitlin Bunt 8. April 2011 16:00

Merchants need to learn from the security mistakes of other companies when securing their sensitive data.  Many companies become lenient with their security protocols over time.  Unfortunately, many merchants won’t maintain their security until they or another company suffers a major breach. 

 

Well, here are some security wake up calls to alert every merchant…

  

These articles report breaches that were preventable through secure practices.  Lucky for you, the merchant, there are many steps you can take today to prevent yourself from getting breached.  All of the following practices are required for compliance with current PCI PA-DSS standards.

 

Important Practices for PCI Compliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protect Cardholder Data: Switch to a Tokenization System

Most security breaches occur at the merchant level where data is stored. SMPLink™ works exclusively with TransactionVault® to remove the risk of exposure by taking the data off the merchant system and storing it in its own secure location and then returning a token of representation.  This token is useless to hackers attempting to steal or compromise credit card data.

 

Build and Maintain a Secure System

Do NOT use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords or other security parameters. Use and regularly update antivirus software.  All other programs and applications connected to the computer or network should be verified for security before installation. 

 

Regularly Monitor and Test Networks

Track and monitor all access to network resources.  Regularly test security systems and processes.  Keep all network security up-to-date.

 

Change Passwords Regularly

Require your employees to change their passwords regularly.  Be sure to enforce the use of strong passwords.

 

Limit Administrator Account Access

The computer administrator account should be limited to only those whose job absolutely requires access to it.  All other persons requiring computer access should be assigned a unique log in ID.

 

Educate Your Staff

      Teach your employees about secure practices and protecting cardholder data. 

 

If you follow the above steps, you are on your way to preventing breaches and being compliant. 

 

 

 

 

More information on PCI Security can be found here 

 

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.

 

There is ONLY one PA-DSS compliant credit interface for the Panasonic System Manager Pro (SMP) point-of-sale system:  SMPLink 

 

SMPLink™ has now successfully processed over 3.2 million transactions!

 

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

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.

SMPLink™ v2 is no longer PCI compliant, Version 3 is now available!

Due to vulnerabilities found in SSL v3, including the POODLE vulnerability. Merchants using SMPLink™ v2 and below need to move to SMPLink™ v3 as soon as possible to avoid being the target of hacking.

Contact your dealer to upgrade today. 

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