Microsoft has had April 14, 2014 publicized for some time now as being the end of life for its most successful and widely adopted Operating system, Windows XP. This is creating a serious PCI risk in that many retailers have not paid attention as they are stuck with machines that will no longer be PCI compliant due to this issue. It is critical that if your company is running a point of sale system with Windows XP that you put in process a plan to move to a platform that is PCI compliant and will be for the foreseeable future. Not doing so will put your company outside of PCI compliance and opens up your company to all kinds of risks from hackers, spam, viruses and spyware as the operating system will not be receiving any patches after that date. In addition most manufacturers and developers have stopped developing software and peripherals for the platform leaving retailers finding it difficult to work with newer technologies such as updated scanners, cell phone coupons, loyalty programs, and others. For more information on if your store might be at risk please contact your local RDS representative for a FREE POS Analysis.
Take a lesson from Burger King. Make sure your sociial media account is secure with a strong password that is changed often. Although the actual cause has of the breech hasn’t been determined or released, many times these thing end up being traced to poor password / account managment.
Retail Data Systems SE showcasing the Aloha Point of Sale System at the 2013 Hospitality Career Expo Friday February 1st at the Georgia International Convention Center. RDS staff met with and networked with over 2,500 future employees, customers, hospitality students, teachers and mentors. Showcasing OUR BRAND and making a lasting first impression on the industries future buyers. Educating the future of the hospitality industry and training the educators who influence our industry is another way we take pride in the industries we serve.
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Another victim has emerged with hacked pin pads. This time it is Barnes and Noble that has had 63 stores with compromised devices. Stories like this outline the need for strong adherence to PCI guidelines around securing your credit info. PCI Security Council Requirements Section 9.2 – 9.4 dictates rules for anyone that enters the store that could potentially come in contact with areas or equipment where credit card information is accessible. Also of great concern are reports that the shift in attacks are shifting to smaller firms where standards, security and procedures may not be as strong. If you have concerns with your stores security or have questions regarding PCI please contact your local RDS Office.
Read more on the Barne’s and Noble breech at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/24/credit-card-pin-pads-hacked-in-63-barnes-noble-stores/?test=latestnews#ixzz2AFGXHFLr
“White House sources partly confirmed an alarming report that U.S. government computers — reportedly including systems used by the military for nuclear commands — were breached by Chinese hackers. This was a spear phishing attack ….”
That shocking news was reported Monday. And it should make every American think hard about their own cyber security.
Whether you are a business owner or individual you should be very concerned about cyber security. If the White House can get hacked, so can you.