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The Federal Trade Commission is Coming to Get You »

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals announced on Monday, August 24, 2015 that the Federal Trade Commission is acting within its authority when it takes action against companies for poor data security practices. Take heed. You may be doing exactly what the FTC is complaining about.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing a … Read More »

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SIX THINGS TECH START-UPS CAN DO TO IMPROVE THEIR SECURITY POSTURE »


The Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud Computing has provided business and consumers with unimaginable tools and functionality, not to mention immense entrepreneurial opportunities. Along with the connectedness of these solutions comes increased security risks that many entrepreneurs, start-ups, and venture capitalists need to be aware of before either launching into the tech industry or … Read More »

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EMV: THE COMING SHIFT IN LIABILITY »


‘Chip and PIN’, or EMV (“Europay, MasterCard, Visa”), is an open-standard set of specifications for smart card payments and acceptance devices and is a popular topic these days with HALOCK’s PCI clients. EMV is not a PCI requirement. However, there is a ‘liability shift’ in October 2015 that impacts brick and mortar merchants that … Read More »

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HOW TO CREATE A REALLY STRONG PASSWORD: A PEN TESTER’S PERSPECTIVE »


Attackers have figured out how to crack even what you and I think are the toughest passwords.  HALOCK pen testers almost always find passwords as a weak spot in every investigation. With so much at stake, it’s a wonder why password safety still isn’t being taken seriously.
In a recent study at Concordia … Read More »

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HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT QSA »


If you are a Level 1 or Level 2 merchant, complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) continues to get more complicated.  The stakes have never been higher for large organizations that process payments.  With major data breaches constantly in the headlines like Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase and … Read More »

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