Brad Cyprus
Bradley K. Cyprus has more than 20 years experience in the security industry. He manages the development of in-house solutions to validate compliance, and he is a resource that Vendor Safe customers can rely upon to help interpret the PCI standard. wwwView Brad Cyprus's profile on LinkedIn

PCI 3.0 – A wake-up call for SAQ C merchants

It is our concern that merchants have not been properly educated about these changes, and it will be a rude awakening when they discover that they are required to implement them.

About the PCI Standards Council

The Council’s five founding global payment brands have agreed to incorporate the PCI DSS as the technical requirements of each of their data security compliance programs.

Why comply with PCI security standards?

Why should you, as a merchant, comply with the PCI Security Standards? At first glance, especially if you are a smaller organization, it may seem like a lot of effort, and confusing to boot. But not only is compliance becoming...

Christmas – Kids and hackers love this time of year

When people think of Christmas, most of them imagine family gatherings and good times. We often forget that from the end of Thanksgiving to the beginning of the year, the U.S.

Does your call for help bring hackers to your door?

Hackers have targeted help desks because they know that the people who provide you support have the access into your systems that they want to exploit.

Square Cash – A money transfer game changer?

Square strives to make financial transactions simple enough so that the average person on the street can participate.

Internet Explorer 8 – People still love it, but there's a problem

IE8 is old, but it is still the most used version of IE today; it is its popularity that makes it such an attractive target for hackers.

Don't let hackers scare off your customers

When you think about electronic security, what comes to mind? Do you consider how vulnerable your customer credit cards are, or how easily someone can break into your online bank account? These are the most profitable avenues of attack that...

Universal Plug n Play: New report on an old problem

Universal Plug and Play should not be enabled if you are concerned about security.

POS system hackers are caught and prosecuted

Subway has been the subject of intensive scrutiny and media attention since it came to light that its POS system was found to be vulnerable and that several credit cards had been electronically stolen from them by an overseas crime...

Feds charge a suspected major cyber thief

Everyone in retail can breathe a little easier today knowing that federal authorities have charged David Benjamin Schrooten, or as he is known in cyber space “Foretezza,” with multiple counts of credit card theft.  Allegedly, Schrooten, who is a Dutch national, and his U.S. accomplice, Christopher A.

How many people does it take to process a credit card?

I know this sounds like the old joke about a light bulb or a chicken crossing the road, but the way some restaurants operate, the joke is on them. There are many restaurants that have their servers pick up checks...

Could your restaurant survive a 15% decrease in business?

The question we field more than any other when talking to small merchants is, “Who is making me become PCI compliant?” The answer is too complicated to simply point at one entity and say, “It’s this guy, right here.” In...

The dangers of PCI tunnel vision

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) is an excellent set of security requirements with which all of the major Credit Card companies expect merchants to comply. It includes technological, operational, and physical security measures designed to keep credit cards secure.

People are getting exciting about mobile payments -- again

For the past four or five years, we have been hearing about the exciting new world of wireless payments. For the most part, the discussion has been centered around making payments from a mobile device (cell phone for the most part), using either contactless payment chip or a bar code displayed on the screen.

Why credit card stystems will always be in scope

There is a growing trend in the retail industry for some merchants and technology providers to hope that someday the PCI standard will give guidance that says, "If you implement this new silver bullet, your systems will be completely out...

What Visa's EMC annoucement means

Visa has shaken many U.S. businesses with its latest announcement declaring that it’s moving to EMV chip-based technology, which will replace the magnetic strips used on most U.S.

Mom-and-pop shops targeted by cyber thieves

A Wall Street Journal article, Hackers Shift Attacks to Small Firms, has many more people paying attention to security issues, and for those of us in the security industry, we welcome the shift in attitude. As a security provider, we...

Is your remote access PCI compliant?

When the PCI standard talks about remote access, it is referring to connecting to a computer when you are on another network. A typical example would be if you were at home, and you connected to your back-office server to...

Self-assessment questionnaires are huge – here’s how to get started

In 2004, when PCI (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) first came out, there was almost no guidance available. Jump ahead to today, and you can find numerous suggestions online and from the PCI Security Standards Council on how you...

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