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)
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)
This is according to research conducted by KPMG, which revealed there are
several common errors businesses make when hosting corporate websites. In
fact, 15 per cent of companies on the Forbes 2000 list of enterprises offer
hackers the ability to access private login portals or test features. As well
as potentially giving access to criminals people could upload malware via
One of the most common issues was found to be temporary files, which
sometimes reveal useful information about a website that hackers could
exploit. KPMG found 553 occurrences of this du... (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
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?
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