Should Everyone Become PCI Compliant?

download (17)In PCI Compliance, there is a lot more to your business than your website. If your business is dealing with credit card numbers over phone, or carries out face-to-face transactions, or holds up records of credit card number; then all of this has nothing to do with your website and it is really necessary for your business to meet up with PCI requirements. Well, now a question might come in your mind that does every business needs to be PCI Compliant; the answer to it has already been given above. In this article you will find answers to the question that trouble you with PCI requirements.

Should I Be Worried About PCI Compliance?

A business receiving payments through credit cards from customers needs to be PCI compliant, even if that business gets paid via credit card once in a year. The number of transactions doesn’t matter at all, even if your website is accepting third party services like PayPal or Google Checkout you are required to be PCI Compliant because it is your business that is accepting payments via credit cards and not your website.

What

The New Role of the CIO – Business Transformation Partner

download (16)It is becoming increasingly necessary for Industries and Organizations to improve Productivity, Reliability and keep pace with the ever increasing demands. Never before has there been such a pressure on Business-the Production and Engineering departments to keep up to these demands.

Business has no other choice but to identify “issues”, adapt “new technologies”, de-bottleneck and implement Engineering/Process IT Innovation drives wherever practical and possible.

Information Technology is not the business, it is an enabler. By enabling the business, the IT strategy, architecture and projects should be dictated by the larger Organization business strategy, architecture and programs. However, we often see a Disconnect between the IT and Business Strategy.

The IT strategy

The CIO or the Chief Information Officer can play the role of a partner and assist the Business team achieve their objectives.

IT is perceived as not providing value to the organization. Why is this?

Typically the CIO and the IT team’s role have been restricted to Implementation, ‘Support’ & ‘Maintenance‘ of Enterprise needs related to IT hardware and Software.

IT teams have in the past procured specific software and hardware, have got tied down by the lock in

Recycle Old Computers Thoughtfully to Prevent Bio-Hazards

download (15)Recycling of old computers and electronic gadgets is not only a matter of accruing profit, but also a clever stride to take, towards the creation of a cleaner world; free of e-wastes. The correct method of e-waste disposal task makes the entire difference.

Technologies and electronic gadgets become obsolete within no time and get vanished away from the market outpacing the speed of their emergence into our lives. The first generation of computers, for instance, provides a perfect example of such discovery of mankind that have gone through the ups and downs of ages to become one the most powerful electronic human-friendly device, the sixth generation of computers; a completely new version of computers that have accelerated the society to reach new heights. But the days are not so far when this wild progression, will cause this smart machine not to perform, but sit idle on the pages of history.

Here the most important question arises regarding about what needs to be done with these time-worn machines and computers. They cannot serve as alluring show-pieces neither can be stacked up to consume spaces inside

Customers Get in Touch With New Innovation

download (14)No matter who you are or where you are, you are likely feeling the growth of touchscreen technology. Today, regular flyers typically go into check ins and flight info using self-serve stands and soar through airport check-in, skipping the otherwise long lines. Busy drivers may use automobile touchscreen systems to find instructions, control air temperature level and more. And business people who require interaction access at all times invest in sophisticated communication devices to stay in touch.

Whether it’s utilized by people visiting the ATM to get some quick money or casting a vote, touchscreen innovation is taking off, transforming everyday tasks into quick and convenient experiences.

The innovation appeals to all ages and in a variety of markets. Retail outlet store merchandisers are using touchscreen as a brand-new marketing technique to engage consumers while providing item info at the touch of a finger.

FOA Schwarz, for example, has actually installed 17-inch Planar touchscreens as part of a customer design center for the Custom Car Factory in its New York store. Using the Planar touchscreen stand, buyers can customize their own Hot Wheels car with unique

Do You Need PCI Compliance If You Use PayPal?

download (13)To know whether a PayPal user has to be PCI Compliant, first we should know, from where did the PCI DSS Compliance term initiated. PCI DSS Compliance is a number of requirements set up by major card brands to make the payment card data more secure and free from breaches, as well as to make the transaction process free from any trouble.

The five major card brands American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. International, combined their security requirements and brought the standards in existence on 2004. PCI DSS was built in order to adopt steady security measures worldwide.

PCI DSS requires every single merchant processing, transmitting, or storing payment card data to be PCI DSS Compliant. The requirements are necessary due to the great security they provide to company’s and customer’s information.

Why do PayPal users need to be PCI Compliant?

A customer shopping online needs to pay for the stuff he is purchasing. In order to pay customer goes and clicks on pay button and buys the stuff through his bank account, credit card or PayPal. In this case the

Where Do You Go to Get PCI Compliant?

download (12)PCI, also known as PCI DSS which stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, is an industry that runs the standards and the measures of security of businesses that transmit, store, process, and accept credit card information. Organizations that are PCI Compliant don’t get much data breaches, which lead to exposure of cardholder data. If you own a business and it deals with credit card payments then you are required to meet the PCI DSS standards. You can become PCI compliant by asking your card brand to lead you through the process.

The PCI Security Standards Council is a group that studies the uprising PCI security issues and hence develops programs and standards to get hold of the reliability of payment card system.

Categories of PCI compliance

PCI Compliance is divided into six main categories:

· Access Control
· Data Protection
· Monitoring
· Secure Network
· Security Policy
· Vulnerability Management

Access Control

Put Access Control into practice. Limit the password access to your system, every employee should only have access to the password he needs for his job only. Explain them that it is best for

How Technology Advancements Has Its Impact on Us

download (11)The advancement of new technology has been taking place since the beginning of human history. From the invention of items like the spear and knives made out of rocks and sticks to aid in the capturing and killing of animals for food, to items like the first printing press and the computer. The question: are the impacts positive or negative?

Technology is a word used to collectively describe or portray the advancements, abilities,creations, undertakings, views, and knowledge of a singular group of persons: we as human-kind. The advancement in technology has been exceptionally fast in the 20th and 21st century. With electronic technology and machines being produced and improved all the time, it was very likely that along with the positive aspects of these new advancements, people would also consider the negative aspects and look to criticize new technology.

A Positive Side

As the old age states “NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION” i.e. necessities tend to spawn inventions and each invention is annexed with the need of betterment and transmogrification. Newer and newer advances are happening by the day. Technological change is in large part

Glossary of PCI Terms

download (10)Here is a glossary of terms associated with PCI.

Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV)

In order to be PCI Compliant, you will require a successful scan certificate from an Approved Scanning Vendor. An ASV will certify you that you are up to all the technical requirements. ASVs are enlisted by PCI SSC on the basis of their performance.

Audit log

It is the record of activities of system up to a certain date; but it should have enough details to track back sequence of events that go from the beginning of transaction to the end.

Card holder Data (CD)

Cardholder data contains full Primary Account Number (PAN). Cardholder data also contains the following information:

· Name of the Cardholder
· Expiration Date
· Service Code (optional)

Card holder Data Environment (CDE)

It is an environment containing all the processes and technology including the people that process, transmit or store customer cardholder information or authentication information. CDE also includes connected system components and virtualization technology like applications, servers etc.

Encryption

The conversion of text into coded form is known as encryption. Only the people having the specific decrypting codes can get access to such data and

Biometric Attendance Machine Vs Manual Maintenance of Attendance

download (9)Organizations are exploring every possible way to increase their revenue and control their cost. Time attendance machines are used by all size of organizations to record when an employee starts and ends their work. And it will allow them to know for which department the work is performed or carried on by the employees. Apart from tracking when an employee is working, organizations can even track that when an employee is not working, that means it allow the organizations to track the meal and break times of an employee. A time attendance machine allows organizations to cut their labor cost, increase compliance and enhance overall control.

Based on the size and requirement different organizations uses different tools to record the attendance and other activities of their employees. Some organizations use Biometric Attendance Machine, Fingerprint Attendance Machine, and some organization follows Manual Maintenance of Attendance. Manual Maintenance of Attendance is suggested only for the organizations having fewer or very fewer employees.

Manual maintenance of attendance requires an efficient and skilled HR to log employee work hours and attendance. Under this system paper punch cards and punch

JJRC H31: A Super Anti-Wrestling RC Quadcopter

imagesWhen I first saw JJRC H31, its super anti-wrestling ability surprised me. As for the beginners, it is very easy to make your drones fall on the ground because of unskilled operating. As a result, this new RC drone is very suitable for novices. Except for that, it has other excellent features. Let me show you more about it next.

Appearance Design

It is a 6-axis-gyros RC drone with 4 channels so that it has the ability to complete stable flying and it is easy to control. With a perfect arc design, it has the great performance to maintain balance even at high altitudes. Normally, it supports the flight skills of ascending, descending, forward, backward, left sideward flying, right sideward flying and 360 degrees rolling.

Additionally, it has a size of 31 x 31 x 7.2cm and it offers you two colors options, including green and white. Made of ABS and PS materials, it has a super strong structure, which ensures the safe flight.

Features

Exactly, the prominent feature of JJRC H31 is the super anti-wrestling ability. Depending on the strong structure, it will be intact even it falls

Is PCI a Law?

download (8)With the requirements set up by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), a lot of businesses scratch their heads and ask whether PCI is a law. The answer to this question is very short and simple no PCI Compliance is not a law.

Will PCI Compliance be a Law in Future?

To make the things more clear, let’s go in detail about this topic. At the moment it is not a federal law; but still there are some state laws that are in effect (while some might go in effect in future) to implement the requirements of PCI DSS. The story does not end here there is a big press on from the industry trade association and legislatures, to pass a federal law about breach and security notification.

Plastic Card Security Act

In 2007, “Plastic Card Security Act” was established in Minnesota which stated that if a company is breached and later on it is discovered that the company was storing prohibited PCI data like CVV codes, magnetic stripe, track data etc. then it is required to repay banks and other individuals costs linked

How Much Do PCI Companies Charge?

download (7)There is much more to being PCI compliant than just getting a PCI SAQ filled or going through a quarterly vulnerability scan successfully. There is a lot of work and resources required by the business to go through to make sure the customer credit card data is secured.

A lot of businesses get confused when it comes to setting up a budget for PCI compliance. Commonly the budget kept is too small that it becomes really difficult for IT departments and third parties to provide upgrading to the equipment and to meet the latest security standards; such actions makes the security at the risk of getting breached.

Dependence of Cost of PCI Compliance

The cost of PCI compliance totally depends on the number of transactions made per year. There are two types of businesses one that process more than 6 million MasterCard or Visa transactions each year. Then there are businesses that make less than 6 million MasterCard or Visa transactions per year.

Variables that affect the cost of PCI compliance

The cost you are giving for your PCI audit totally depends on the setup of your organization.

Camera Design Service Vendors Gearing Up for a New Phase With New Standards

download (6)Not many companies are well versed with camera designs and their tweaks and hence few players are moving towards custom development of board cameras and smart vision sensors based on different processors. Also with the advent of several cameras and camera architectures, companies now have a strong base to build new products.

Some companies can design cameras to customer requirements in short timelines too.

The Challenges

Companies usually face the challenge of meeting hardware and software design specifications of the camera.

High definition images might have to be clicked at regular intervals, sometimes in a fraction of a second! Some companies now opt for drones that would house several cameras, and then try to stitch and synchronise the images simultaneously, so that the shots can be taken from all possible angles.

Also the core challenge here is to reduce the camera size since the product needs to be a marketable product that also needs to be considerably affordable.

For such a camera design, companies strike a balance with its hardware design, PCB design, Bootloader porting, and the efforts expended on Device drive modification, Camera app development and Testing

Digital Publishing: A Better Way to Read Magazines and Newspapers

downloadReading magazines is one of the most common hobbies among women in the age demographic of 18-49. Magazines are the second-highest circulated publications of the publishing industry, with newspapers being the first. Traditionally, magazines were bought from newsstands located at the corner of every city street. However, with a change in trends and digitization influencing most industries, digital newsstands are the new thing that the industry has to offer.

What is a Digital Newsstand?

A digital newsstand is the latest product of the recent developments in digital magazine publishing software. Several distribution platforms offer content in the form of magazines, newspapers, and journals, digitally which can be accessed by anyone with a smartphone. These are mostly available on a subscription basis, but a large variety of free content is also available.

With the advent of tablets with 10-inch screens, much like a magazine cover, the publication houses began adapting to a digital format rather than regular print. These digital newsstands were an instant success as they offered a richer reading experience with several interactive systems which made newspapers, magazines and journals more interesting. Digital publications also reduced

PCI Compliance Fees: What They Are, and What to Do About Them

download (5)Did you happen to find a PCI compliance fee on your statement? Want to find out what it is? Want to discover if it is legitimate? Want to get rid of it? Well then you are just in the right place to get all your questions answered.

Lately merchants are seeing annual or monthly PCI Compliance fee on their statements. In rare cases both the fees annual and monthly could be found on the statement. For merchants that don’t have any clue about PCI Compliance, find the PCI Compliance fee as another way of getting tricked by their processors to get some money. I won’t be saying that it is a lie; to a certain extent it is true.

What Merchant’s Wonder

A basic question that arrives in a merchant’s mind is what am I getting from paying PCI fee? This is a question that should not be asked in your mind but instead it should be asked from your credit card processor. And to further ask the processor about what type of service or product you are being provided by giving this extra fee.

As there

What’s Your Printing Policy?

download (4)Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint. But, what if there was a way you could do both at the same time?

Well, actually there is. By establishing a printing policy at your company, you can drastically reduce waste and save money. A printing policy outlines rules and standards regarding how employees can print. This includes everything from establishing limits on how many pages each employee can print, to mandatory default settings, and when color printing is allowed.

Have you ever walked past a printer or MFP and asked yourself whether the jobs sitting in the output tray are ever claimed or whether that email you came across could have been printed in black and white rather than color? If so, a printing policy can help address and erase doubts to ensure your office printing is being conducted at the most reasonable cost possible. And although printing policies can be useful at businesses of every size, they are perhaps most beneficial at large enterprise-level organizations where printing waste is often substantial.

But, printing policies are not a one-size-fits-all arrangement.

Digital Learning – Creating a History in the Field of Education

download (3)Learning has seen a major transition in the last decade. For years, students have been using only textbooks for their study, which actually made the entire learning system boring. Today, printed textbooks have been replaced by digital learning software. Students are now using laptops, tablets and other learning tools instead of textbooks. While students are embracing technology, which has made learning more fun for them, and parents are happy that their children are finding learning interesting, and thus performing better in their academics, digital learning has become quite popular among teachers as well. Today, we see that schools and colleges are introducing eLearning as one of their core forms of learning methodology.

Digital learning has several benefits, which are highly unlikely to be found in a typical age-old classroom setting. This is only because, it is powered by technology, thus offering attractive benefits.

Personalized learning method: Digital learning can be easily customized by teachers, according to a class’s need and even every student’s need. Based on the student’s strong and weak areas, the learning method adopted for each student can be different, suiting their requirement

Tips for Successful Project Delivery: Customer Engagement, Respect and Communication

download (2)What if a professional athlete set a standard where winning was not enough? Instead, they had to achieve a personal best or break a previous record year after year.

What if a new theme park opened on schedule, with no delays, and offered tickets to the first one million visitors to return at any time and bring up to 100 guests at no additional charge?

Welcome to my world. As an IT provider, I face the similar challenge: that is, delivering a project experience to customers that will not only achieve all project goals, but also blow them away.

I have delivered on hundreds of projects for customers in my career and I have seen projects go smoothly and poorly. I have seen projects end with both the customer and the provider feeling a sense of accomplishment, and I have seen projects drag on for months, even years and then dwindle out almost as if customer and provider conceded defeat for any of the following reasons:

  • lofty project goals
  • misjudged budgets
  • technology that couldn’t be wrangled in

Sound familiar to anyone? These are some of the reasons why PMI (pmi.org)

What Tool Helps You Conquer the 7 Biggest File Migration Challenges?

download (1)Want to eliminate platform migration headaches? Reduce cost, effort, and lost time? You’re in the right place. I want to share some tips to help you simplify your migration activities.

I have been performing file-based migrations for well over 20 years, primarily with EMC Technology. The majority of migrations have been SMB-based including server-to-server, server-to-NAS, and NAS-to-NAS migrations.

Some of the tools that I have leveraged over the years include:

  • ROBOCOPY: This Microsoft utility, originally part of the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit, has been around since 1997.
  • EMCOPY: This EMC utility is used primarily to copy to a Celerra based file system; however, the other tools in the suite comprised of EMCopy, Sharedup, and LGDUP have been used on several occasions, even in conjunction with Robocopy.
  • RSYNC: This UNIX utility is used for NFS migrations.

As technology advanced, storage vendors provided a way to perform these migrations using internal tools. Some of the tools were developed for disaster recovery while others were developed explicitly for data migration. Two examples include:

  • VNX Replicator: This tool can replicate from Celerra/VNX to another Celerra/VNX array.
  • Isi_vol_copy: The isi_vol_copy utility from Isilon uses NDMP

Tegile: Economical Way To Accelerate Enterprise Applications!

downloadGone are the days when companies used traditional flash to handle workload. There are several drawbacks of this conventional storage – you can use one flash for a specific type of workload; you can get the fast performance by spending several bucks, and several others. Tegile is the company of a new breed of innovators which brought its products to reduce the dependency of enterprises on heavy and expensive systems. Its products (hybrid and all flash) are enough to handle any type of workload.

From small-scale industries to well-established organizations are using its system. The company introduced its eccentric products keeping the users’ demand in mind for both All-Flash and Hybrid. All of its solutions are based on two types of architecture. Intelligent Flash Arrays for Hybrid & All-Flash, and IntelliStack Converged Infrastructure solutions.

The IntelliStack is developed by integrating the computing power of Cisco UCS and storage feature of Tegile. And thus, you can provide the configurations which are certified, pre-validates and pre-sized. If you are looking for a system, which can work best for your latency-sensitive, business-critical applications, then you should opt for