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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 Security Program. 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. Updates Since its creation in 2004, the PCI DSS policy has underg... (more)

OFT to Investigate Online Data Tracking

It was observed many retailers track the activities of customers on their online platforms and can collect a wide variety of data, ranging from past purchasing habits and the type of items viewed to which web browser individuals are using. The OFT is set to examine how organizations use this vast amount of information and whether some people will see different prices as a result. Chief executive of the body Clive Maxwell said that innovation online plays a key role in driving economic growth and the new investigation is part of the OFT's commitment to ensuring that consumers can... (more)

PCI SSC: Firms Must Perform Rigorous Risk Assessments

This is according to general manager of the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) Bob Russo, who told Bankinfosecurity.com that this is vital to spotting any weak links in the card data protection chain, which could undermine an entire system. Performing annual risk assessments is one of the 12 central requirements firms must go through to be certified PCI compliant, but it may be the case that some companies do not devote adequate time and resources to this and assume their systems will still be secure. Mr Russo explained: "The standard requires an annual risk assessment, bec... (more)

The Maturity of Green Technology

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)

The Basics of Starting an e-Commerce Site

While bank loans, property leasing and constant monitoring meant that it took an incredible amount of effort to set up a business 15 years ago, the internet has provided entrepreneurial opportunities that nearly everyone can take advantage of. Provided they know the basics, of course. So, where should businesses begin when creating an e-commerce site? Hosting All websites need to 'exist' somewhere and this is where web hosting comes in. Typically offered by third party companies, web hosting involves the placing of a company website on an outsourced server. With many companies of... (more)