How to Strengthen Convenience Store Security

High traffic and employee turnover make the more than 150,000 convenience stores (C-stores) in the U.S. attractive targets for cyber-criminals. The nature of the C-store environment makes it difficult to deliver compliance and standardization. So, what can business leaders do to strengthen convenience store security? Why Convenience Store Data Breaches? Some brands in the retail space experience almost no turnover in staff. By comparison, C-stores employ more transient workers. Deploying standards across all the stores proves difficult without having a regional or district manager visit every store on a regular basis. Hence, as studies show, C-stores and gas station chains…

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Ecommerce Cyber Security 101 to Protect Your Small Business

Think like a thief. Picture a store left poorly secured, valuable merchandise easily accessible using minimal tools under cover of darkness. Now, imagine a digital storefront with weak security controls and thousands of financial records ripe for the picking. Hackers love small businesses, but you can stop them in their tracks with robust ecommerce cyber security. According to cyber security firm Kaspersky, 48 percent of small to medium businesses have experienced data breaches this year. That means the exposure of financial and personal data for thousands of customers. And it means a payday for hackers who sell that information on…

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10 PCI Compliance Best Practices to Protect Your Business and Customers

In 2014, Home Depot suffered a data breach of historic proportions. Hackers gained access to the retailer’s payment systems, compromising credit card information for 56 million customers. That breach cost Home Depot $179 million. While no organization can claim immunity from cyber-attacks, following PCI compliance best practices can mitigate the extent of the damage. All organizations that process credit cards must adhere to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) or face stiff fines. More importantly, PCI compliance represents a starting point for effective cyber security. Following best practices not only keeps you compliant but protects both your…

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eMazzanti Technologies Doubles PCI QIR Staff to Strengthen Retail Data Security

eMazzanti technicians achieve QIR qualifications, offer international coverage and language support to help merchants fortify retail data security and meet PCI compliance standards worldwide Hoboken, NJ ­- (Cision) February 14, 2019 – eMazzanti Technologies, a New York City area retail technology consultant and managed services provider, today announced that it has doubled the number of its staff who have completed high-level retail data security training to prevent retail point-of-sale (POS) data theft. eMazzanti is the sixth company worldwide to be qualified as a PCI Qualified Integrator under the stringent certification standards of the PCI Security Standards Council Qualified Integrators and…

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Smaller Retailers Keeping Up with Technology

Modern retailing is becoming less about location and more about customer experience. That means having the basics, like up-to-date credit card terminals, is expected now just to be in the game. To compete effectively, retailers must provide more. Often, for smaller retailers keeping up with technology is the key. Retail technology (the technologies employed by retailers in their stores) is changing fast. Smaller retailers are finding it hard to keep up with innovations employed by retail giants, such as digital display systems, beacons to track shopper behavior and sophisticated analytics. With so much on their plates, many store owners just…

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eMazzanti to Contribute at PCI Security Standards Council Community Meeting

NYC area IT security expert attending and exhibiting at exclusive Las Vegas PCI SSC North America event Hoboken, New Jersey ­- (Cision) September 13, 2016 – A New York City area IT security expert, announced today that it will be contributing and exhibiting at the PCI Security Standards Council 2016 North America Community Meeting, #PCICM, September 20 – 22, at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. eMazzanti Technologies is a PCI Security Standards Council Participating Organization and PCI Qualified Integrator (QIR). The company’s IT security professionals at the meeting can be found in booth 56 in the Vendor Showcase at…

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Ransomware Threat Called #1 Growing Security Threat on Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Program

eMazzanti Technologies CEO, Carl Mazzanti discusses nature and persistence of ransomware threat on blogtalkradio broadcast Hoboken, New Jersey ­- (Cision) June 24, 2016 — A NYC area IT security expert and eMazzanti Technologies CEO, Carl Mazzanti, discussed the topic of the ransomware threat on a June 15, 2016 blogtalkradio business program sponsored by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, calling ransomware the number one growing security threat. In the interview, Mazzanti discussed the nature and persistence of the ransomware threat. How infections occur and methods to prevent them, including education and IT security tools, were explained in response to questions asked by program…

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PCI Expertise Lands eMazzanti Technologies on VISA Global Registry of Service Providers

NYC area IT security consultant included on VISA list of professionals qualified to help merchant POS systems meet VISA-mandated requirements.  Hoboken, NJ (Cision) June 7, 2016 – A New York City area retail IT consultant and managed services provider, today announced that it is one of a limited number of organizations that will be included in the VISA Global Registry of Service Providers as of June 15, 2016. Last year, eMazzanti Technologies qualified to help retailers meet the VISA-mandated requirement that merchants use only PCI validated qualified integrator and reseller (QIR) professionals to install and service their integrated point of…

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How to Avoid EMV Chargebacks

Steps to help card-present merchants minimize the flood of EMV Chargebacks More Chargebacks than Expected Six months after the credit card fraud liability shift, merchants who have not implemented chip card technology are complaining about a larger number of chargebacks than they expected. One payment network reports an increase of 50% in chargebacks for card-present transactions among some 250,000 merchants.1 The reasons for the large increase are not clear. Some fear abuse of the chargeback system, but card companies say that the increase is normal and similar to what was experienced in other markets where EMV was introduced. They note…

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Retailers Slow to Adopt EMV Despite Widespread Card Security Worries

Consumers have been feeling the pain of poor credit card data security for some time. Retailers are slow to adopt EMV despite card security worries. An October, 2014, Honeywell survey1 revealed that, following a long string of credit card security breaches, more consumers were concerned about the security of credit and debit card information than their health, retirement savings or losing their cell phone. An October, 2015 Gallup survey2 found that 70% of consumers worry about identity theft and hacking of credit card information. The surprising survey results show that the credit card data security problem is a serious long-term…

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