First, PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It
started out as a series of five separate programs, namely: American Express
Data Security Operating Policy, Discover Information and Compliance, JCB Data
Security Program, MasterCard Site Data Protection and Visa Card Information
While each program was unique and came from different (in some cases,
competing) brands, the overall aim was the same throughout: to ensure
merchants meet minimum levels of security in storing, processing and
transmitting cardholder data in order to better protect card issuers.
The five separate but similar policies were eventually collated in 2004 when
the PCI DSS was created. Soon afterward, each company aligned their own
policies to correlate with that of the new industry standard.
Since its creation in 2004, the PCI DSS policy has underg... (more)
Bare metal IaaS WTF? CDN what does it do? Cloudwash, will it clean my socks?
I read this article by Paul Anderson and wanted to repost as it does a great
job of covering the new vocabulary of cloud. In the wake of big data, many of
us have started to treat cloud like old […]
Companies that are undergoing PCI compliance checks will have to ensure they
educate all staff working with sensitive materials so that data is kept
secure, it has been stated.
Research director at Gartner Australia Rob McMillan explained in an interview
with Computer World that one of the biggest security threats of next year is
likely to come from deceptive tactics that convince people to hand over
information such as access credentials.
He stated that this social engineering is becoming increasingly popular among
cybercriminals looking to take advantage of non-IT personnel who... (more)
Disaster recovery represents a fundamental aspect of business, as it involves
a series of steps taken in order to minimize the effects of an unplanned
outage. This can include a natural disaster such as an earthquake, a computer
virus that rips through systems or a gaping hole in security that may not
have been discovered for years. Once disaster strikes, a continuity
plan helps to bring a business back to a functioning level.
Consider a scenario where disaster has struck. A business must now deploy
its disaster recovery processes in order to negate the impact of the
If it weren't for efforts of inquisitive scientists and fastidious
mathematicians however, it's debatable whether this green movement would have
ever become so great. It is only since mankind learned of the fragility of
the planet's resources, and the realities of what causes climate change
(carbon-dioxide emissions) that governments, businesses and individuals have
stood up to their responsibilities when it comes to efficiency.
Why are companies going green?
In today's competitive business environment, where resources are stretched
and every efficiency matters, it's no wonder tha... (more)