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Securing Bricks and Clicks for Small Merchants

Posted in PCI,Security by ebs4pos on July 31, 2009

Having worked with the author of this article in the past I value highly his opinion on the topic of small business data security.  Read the article and see what I mean!  -Jim

As many ISOs now understand, small merchants are big business: There are 6 million small businesses in the U.S., defined as those with fewer than 100 employees. These privately owned corporations, partnerships or sole proprietorships account for $350 billion in financial services and product revenue annually.

87% have fewer than 5 employees, and many have developed an online presence to compete with larger businesses. However, these small merchants are vulnerable to data security breaches: Visa says that 85% of reported compromises come from level 4 (low transaction volume) merchants, and less than 10% of merchants in this category have validated compliance with PCI DSS. Compliance mandates for these merchants are less strict, yet the consequences of a breach in terms of fines and lost business is every bit as onerous. How can ISOs help these merchants to mitigate risk without significant costs? We’ll look at some simple suggestions to help small merchants, both with theirin-store (“bricks”), and their online (“clicks”) transactions.

via Securing Bricks and Clicks for Small Merchants.

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