No organisation is immune to cyber attacks

Hackers are becoming more skilled and sophisticated, and this is leaving Irish business owners and their systems extremely vulnerable and unable to protect themselves against cyber security threats. One of the most common tools a company can use to defend themselves against hackers is a penetration test. During a penetration test, an ethical hacker utilises the same techniques as a criminal hacker … [Read more...]

PCI DSS compliance demonstrates security for your customers, stakeholders and brand

Meeting the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) requirements involves drafting detailed data protection policies and documentation to ensure security for your customers, stakeholders and your brand. From policy to procedure to configuration standard, a significant proportion of PCI DSS compliance begins with documentation. Nearly one in five data breaches caused by human … [Read more...]

PCI DSS: The importance of penetration testing

Often, organisations rely on vulnerability scans to identify their weaknesses. They are told that vulnerability scanning is as good as penetration testing and that it will be enough to meet the compliance requirements of the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).  However, scanning and testing perform two different jobs, and the PCI DSS mandates that you conduct both on a regular … [Read more...]

Get #BreachReady before you get burnt!

Just because everyone else is on holiday, doesn’t mean cyber attackers are. Protect yourself from the financial penalties and losses associated with data breaches with our fixed-price, tailored services. What’s more, when reporting the breach you’ll need to explain how it could have been avoided – a sticky situation you won’t relish. You can’t prevent a cyber attack from the beach, so get ready … [Read more...]

The top cyber security trends of 2018 so far

There have been more than 600 data breaches this year, so people who want to pick out the most serious incidents have plenty to choose from. It’s not simply a case of finding the breaches involving the highest number of stolen records, because a breach compromising names and email addresses isn’t the same as a breach compromising payment card information. Besides, infrastructural damage and … [Read more...]

How to achieve and maintain PCI DSS compliance

All organisations that accept card payments must comply with the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). This is not a simple task, and if you make mistakes when implementing the Standard, you’ll struggle to achieve compliance and expose yourself to data breaches and regulatory fines. We understand that PCI DSS compliance is difficult, so we’ve laid out some recommendations based … [Read more...]

Understanding PCI compliance auditing

Businesses of all sizes must undergo Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance audits to ensure that their customers’ data is protected during credit or debit card transactions and while stored. Under the Standard, Level 1 businesses – those that process more than six million credit card transactions a year – are subject to an annual on-site audit and quarterly network … [Read more...]

Policies and procedures, you need for PCI DSS compliance

Technology can only do so much to protect an organisation from data breaches. That’s why Requirement 12 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) states that organisations should actively manage their data protection responsibilities by establishing, updating and communicating security policies and procedures in response to regular risk assessments. As with technology, security … [Read more...]

How SMEs can comply with the PCI DSS

Organisations that accept card payments are responsible for the security of customer’s payment information and must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).  The PCI DSS is a set of tools and measures to help you protect payment card data. it applies to all organisations that transmit, process or store such information, but small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) … [Read more...]

Having trouble complying with the PCI DSS? Here are some tips

Keeping cardholder data secure can be incredibly difficult, but have you tried… not storing so much information? You’d be surprised at how effective that apparently flippant advice is. Organisations often store more information than they need, making security trickier than it should be. Take primary account numbers (PANS). This information is needed far less other than cardholders’ names and card … [Read more...]