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Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 Published in Blog

We have our share of amateur athletes at TRI, but none so dedicated as to venture a summer's cauldron-hot 200-mile mile bike ride!

 

tom summers lotoya racerOne of TRI's guru technicians, Tom Summers, is training now to embark on his first LOTOJA bike ride on Saturday, September 6th in Utah. In addition to the great heights he'll encounter, an elevation gain of 7133 feet, LOTOJA is the longest one-day USAC-sanctioned bicycle race in the United States.


 

tom summers lotoya"Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to ride as much as I need to be in good enough shape to finish the ride." Tom explains. Though Tom enjoys the training overall, he is crossing his fingers for favorable weather. "The part of the training I would rather skip is when the temperature is more than 96 degrees. When it is that hot, the fact that you always have a breeze blowing on you doesn’t help in cooling you down!"

 

We all wish you the best of cool breezes and constant hydration, Tom! (photos by Ronalee Summers)

Published on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 Published in Blog

PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance is just a first step in the year-round maintenance of your business security measures.

Bob Russo, general manager at the PCI Security Standards Council echoes that statement: “Compliance does not equal security. There’s too much focus on cramming for the test and not on being a good student year round. We have to change the conversation in the boardroom and all the way down and across our businesses. Security has to be a daily priority, built into business practices, not a one-time effort.”

 

pci-dss-certified-logo-w-question-markMany merchants, especially medium and small merchants, have considered compliance to be a 1-time measure to secure their customers' data. But the required new, and frankly necessarily more complex, PCI 3.0 security standards present a timely opportunity to better learn and understand "why go to the trouble?" while taking the steps to become compliant. Furthermore, PCI 3.0 compliance must be applied to your business by December 31, 2014.

 

"Ultimately, PCI 3.0 is designed to push organizations to embed best practices in their day-to-day operations. Unfortunately, most companies still use a check-box mentality as part of a compliance-driven approach to security”, explains Torsten George, vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Products at security risk management firm, Agiliance.

 

The “push” is simply this; customers’ data security needs to be built into daily operations in this world of increasing vulnerability. PCI Certification, though required, is also an opportunity to take those required steps, while integrating recommended security measures into your administration schedule.

 

What Are Our Risks If We Aren’t Compliant?

When a customer’s data is breached, the consequences have both financial and reputational consequences for the merchant, as well as requiring considerable time to administer a variety of communications and other tasks. Depending on the breadth of the breach, the possibilities include:

 

  • Notifying customers and the attorney general
  • Monitoring credit for those customers who had been affected
  • A forensic examination to determine if and how a breach occurred, meaning that a shutdown of a POS might be required for some inconvenient length of time
  • Replacing cards whose data had been compromised may be required by the card issuers
  • Fines administered by those issuers whose card were involved

 

We need more than a blog space to answer, "What is PCI compliance?". But now that you're familiar with the compelling consequences of not being compliant, will PCI DSS version 3.0 be a take-action landmark for your business and customers' security for 2015?

 

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TRI’s Customer Service Representatives are available to answer questions and clarify anything that makes our customers unsure of the process. They are highly trained and ready to serve you! Call 888-494-9988 x 2

 

We at TRI have embraced our obligation to our customers for their data’s security for over 20 years. TRI continues to affirm that trust by assuring our own PCI compliance.