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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)

Top 16 Cloud Computing Terms – you should know

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 […] ... (more)

Employees 'Must be Taught' How to Protect Confidential Data

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)

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)

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)