Author Archive | Branden Williams

Is All Good News REALLY Good News?

Have you noticed that there has not been too much (well, really any) bad press around the PCI ecosystem lately? Perhaps everything is great! Doesn’t seem like we’ve had the same string of retail breaches that we saw in 2014 (which lead to this piece of research), even though 2016 was bad (good?) in general for […]

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The PCI Council’s Revenue Generation Capability

The other day I was thinking about all the programs that the Council currently maintains and I wondered if it was possible to see how much money the Council actually brings in every year. I mean, every year seems to see more programs with more fee collection opportunities for the Council, but had anyone ever […]

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More Printer Security Talk

If you don’t have the context, read my previous post on comparing printers to VoIP—i.e., it’s another computer on our network. Now that you are in the right mindset, look around your office and see if you see a printer sitting somewhere. It might even do copies, scanning, and faxing. Super fancy ones might even […]

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That Printer is gonna GIT ya!

Of all of the devices we have out there on our networks, is it going to be printers, cameras, and thermostats that cause our undoing? “Wait… did you say, PRINTERS!?! Are you off your rocker, Brando?” Do Not Turn The Copier Off, by Michael Pereckas That was one of the key warnings that came from […]

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More EMV Bypass Fun

Stay Classy, San Diego! So I’m sitting here in San Diego, which we all know is German for… never mind. As I pay for my lunch, I present my chip card and there is some kind of error. I know I entered my PIN correctly, but it immediately came back as failed. The bartender taught […]

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PCI Compliance, Version 3.2 Now Available!

Well folks, it’s finally here. What started as an experiment back in April has finally come to fruition. I’m happy to announce that PCI Compliance, Version 3.2 is NOW AVAILABLE! If you order via the CreateSpace bookstore, please use coupon code 4JRH748R for $2 off through the RSA Conference. You can also order it via […]

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Conference Wrap-Up, 2016

As we get ready to close out 2016, there have been quite a few events I have neglected to post here. I know I owe a larger update and more tools soon, but here’s one in the meantime to recap October and November. For this post, I’m taking a cue from Bill Brenner and supplying some […]

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Netgear (In)Security and their Failed Remote Management

I’ve been having issues with some home networking equipment and decided that after a couple of years, I needed to make some updates. I did my research and ultimately settled on the Netgear R8000. Not just because it looks dead sexy or because it’s called the Nighthawk, but because it had really great reviews and […]

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Why I am Skipping the PCI Community Meeting

I know, you guys have given me crap for so long. “Suuuure you are going to skip this year. Whatever, Brando, see you in X city at  happy hour.” This has been the discussion over the last few years, and every year I have made my way to the city in question going back to […]

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