Author Archive | Branden Williams

Orfei Steps Down

Doctor Tom Saves the Day, by Murray Barnes In a rather surprise announcement, admittedly from a guy who is farther and farther removed from the PCI DSS ecosystem with each passing day, The PCI Council announced that Steven Orfei is stepping down as GM. His tenure was rather brief, in comparison to Russo, but it’s […]

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Blockchain Fun

Please Pay Here 3-14-09 19, by stevendepolo Two posts in one week? What is this, 2009? I’ve always been interested in payment and commerce. Blockchain and crypto-currencies have really captured my attention lately as the business applications are many and game-changing. I just published an article on the topic in this month’s Tactics & Preparedness that […]

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Should you be a PCI Participating Organization?

Shredded Brick, by DaveBleasdale What does it cost to be a PO? As if this writing it costs US$3,750 annually (originally US$2,000), For most companies, $3,750 per year is a drop in the bucket. Originally, the big benefit of being a PO was getting involved in the shaping of the Standard when the program was […]

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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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