Monthly ArchivesJune 2008

Not all QSAs are created equal! standard

The PCI landscape is pretty scary out there. If you are a merchant or service provider that is looking for assistance, there is a long line of companies that are ready to help. What should you expect from your QSA? What should your assessment look like to get the best results? VeriSign reviewed our findings from our customers and wrote a white paper entitled, “Not All QSAs Are Created Equal: What You Should Know Before You Buy” that talk about what you should expect. This paper is a FREE download! Go check it out! Possibly Related Posts: PCI DSS 4.0 Released plus BOOK DETAILS! PCI Council Loses $600K in Revenue, PO Population on the Decline Why PCI DSS 4.0 Needs ...

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Breach got you down? standard

Well, it has happened again. I received a rather menacing looking note in the mail today. You know, one of those heavy stock sealed letters that has the perforated edges? Yeah. That kind. Inside it looks like my information is on a lost tape from a bank. The funny thing is, I don’t remember banking with this institution… ever. I have a feeling that one of the brokerage firms I use (or used) was backed by this institution, but nevertheless, I thought of an interesting type of phishing attack that I bet would work. When I looked through this notice, it did appear to have a corresponding breach on I have already placed my fraud alerts, so I should ...

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PIN Security finally catching up? standard

Wired reports that a Citibank hack may be responsible for a recent ATM crime spree. Edit: Looks like some arrests have been made! I’ve discussed issues around hacking ATMs and challenges with skimming in the past, but this one appeared to be pretty lucrative. While bank networks are not impenetrable, attacking endpoints is becoming much easier and more lucrative. Anyone remember the old days when you had to make sure the ATM you were going to use was real? Speaking of that… Ladies, you should beware of this. Something of interest to me… As a consumer, do you check your bank statement with all of your receipts? Would you know if money started disappearing from your account in $10-$30 increments? ...

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Listen to my PCI Podcast! standard

About a month ago an audio guy showed up to my house and pinned a tiny microphone to my shirt for a podcast on PCI. It is a joint podcast with John Pescatore of Gartner. The theme is on managing PCI Compliance. Go check it out! Possibly Related Posts: PCI DSS 4.0 Released plus BOOK DETAILS! PCI Council Loses $600K in Revenue, PO Population on the Decline Why PCI DSS 4.0 Needs to be a Complete Rewrite Orfei Steps Down Should you be a PCI Participating Organization?

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Where oh where has my little blogger gone? standard

I haven’t written, called, emailed, faxed, or even sent you guys anything via carrier pidgeon. For that, I grovel at your feet and request my penance (tee hee, I love the occasional translation error, especially when it reminds me of the most beautiful thing I have ever seen). What have I been up to? Last week was fun. Boston & Cincinnati in two days. Was great seeing many of you out there! Especially when a coworker and I started eating at the wrong party! This week, so far, I have met with the Visa CISP and Incident Response teams over two days, and I am headed home to fly out to Atlanta for a couple of customer meetings. If you ...

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June Edition of Herding Cats standard

The ISSA has posted the electronic version of the journal, so if you are itching to read what is coming to you via the post, go check it out! My column this month is titled “Don’t Get Cyberjacked!” It may be the first time that the phrase “This ain’t your daddy’s security incident” and the word “stripper” appear on the same page (or ever) in that fantastic publication. Go check it out! Possibly Related Posts: Selective Domain Filtering with Postfix and a SPAM Filtering Service Preventing Account Takeover, Enable MFA! Proofpoint Patches URL Sandbox Bypass Bug Improve Outbound Email with SPF, DKIM, and DMARC Life after G-Suite/Postini

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