Adoption of chip technology will not only help the U.S. payments infrastructure prepare for expected acceleration in mobile-based payments, Visa says, but will improve transaction security by providing dynamic authentication.
Bob Russo says the long-awaited PCI guidance on tokenization should provide merchants with a baseline for standardization and best practices, and serve as a roadmap for how tokenization can complement compliance with the PCI-DSS.
Some 200 people have reported fraudulent debit and credit transactions hitting their accounts after dining at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant in Texas. Investigators believe a third-party vendor may have been hacked.
The new virtualization guidance issued by the PCI Security Standards Council urges organizations to take a risk-based approach when dealing with virtualization methods, especially within cardholder data environments.
"Most convenience stores are concerned about pay-at-the-pump skimming. But they can only focus on so much," says Gray Taylor, a security and compliance expert with the National Association of Convenience Stores.
"We appear to be asking DHS to take on new cybersecurity roles and missions while it is establishing its basic core competencies," Melissa Hathaway says. "Is this reasonable? Do we want DHS to become a first party regulator?"
Breaches will not slow anytime soon, and there's not much financial institutions and the payments chain can do to stop them. At this point, the best course of action for banks and retailers is to focus on damage control.
Some organizations hesitate to involve law enforcement in their breach investigations for fear that exposing the hack would cost them their reputations and money. A Justice Department contingent tells a gathering of lawyers why that impression is wrong.