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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)

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)

Digital Channels 'Vital' to Retail Success

Research conducted by IMRG, eDigitalResearch and Portaltech Reply found companies that sell using multiple platforms expect sales from online and mobile portals to account for 45 per cent of their total revenue by 2014. By this time, sales from brick-and-mortar stores will drop to 40 per cent of a typical firm's income. The study indicated that having multichannel capabilities is vital in the current trading environment. 98 per cent of businesses surveyed are already running two or more customer touchpoints - a 12 per cent increase from 2011, while there has also been significan... (more)

How to Get Back on Your Feet with Disaster Recovery

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 disaster. ... (more)

Why Magento Is the Comprehensive E-Commerce Platform Today

Magento has made its name in the world of e-commerce for these reasons. It is supported by some of the biggest names in online retailing, from Paul Smith to Olympus and Nestle. The Linux (PHP)-based platform has become the e-commerce solution for choice companies of all sizes. While its free and Magento Go versions are preferred by small businesses for their low cost and powerful out-of-the-box features, large retailers tend to prefer Magento's enterprise version because of its customisable look and functionality - as well as its impressive reporting and analytical tools. Delvi... (more)