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April 2018

PCI compliance

4 Simple Steps to PCI Compliance

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Like any business owner, you care about growing your business while protecting your customers confidential information. PCI is a security standard for organizations that handle branded credits cards designed to protect them from major card schemes and safeguards your customer’s private data.

No, you aren’t legally required to meet PCI compliance. But, with the number of data breaches in the U.S. jumping 29 percent in the first half of 2017, it’s critical that you protect yourself and your customers by meeting the standards.

Many business owners are unsure of how to become PCI compliant, but often feel too intimidated to start. Becoming PCI compliant doesn’t need to be painful, just follow these four steps:

  1. Determine Your Compliance Level

To figure out which level of PCI compliance your business falls under, collect data on how many transactions are done through your organization with every major credit card brand.

  1. Take the PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) is a set of documents containing questions based on the requirements of PCI that you’ll answer “yes” or “no” to. This step is crucial to identifying the missing pieces of your payment security.

  1. Complete a Formal Attestation of Compliance

After bridging the gaps in your payment security, the next step is to fill out a formal attestation of compliance (AOC). This claims your business is compliant with all relevant PCI standards. Once you complete the AOC, you can have a qualified security assessor review your findings and create a report on your compliance.

  1. Submit Your Documents

The final step in your PCI compliance journey is submitting your filled SAQ and AOC documents to your bank, as well as the major card issuing companies.

After completing these four crucial steps, an external Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) creates a Report on Compliance (ROC). For businesses handling large amounts of transactions they will also perform a PCI compliance audit.

More and more business leaders are taking PCI compliance seriously, but 80 percent of organizations are still not entirely compliant. Utilize Tech Turnaround’s PCI compliance solutions to join the growing number of responsible businesses who are fully protecting their clients and their bottom line.

 


 

Sources:

Weisbaum, H. (2017, July 24). Data breaches happening at record pace, report finds. Retrived from: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/data-breaches-happening-record-pace-report-finds-n785881

 

Go Anywhere Managed File Transfer (2017, February 3). 10 Shocking PCI DSS Compliance Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.goanywhere.com/blog/2017/02/03/8-shocking-pci-compliance-statistics

CES products

Top 5 CES Products that Will Impact You in 2018

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Did you miss out on the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month? If you did, don’t worry. We’ll get you up to speed.

The conference took place in Las Vegas and attracted more than 170,000 attendees from 150 countries for four days. Some of the most influential organizations in the industry, including Dell and Samsung, unveiled new technologies that are going to make 2018 your most productive and innovative year yet.

Countless CES products are going to make waves in the technology industry, but what you need to know is which new technologies are going to affect YOU.

We’ve sifted through all of the products revealed last month, so let’s go over the top five that are going to change the way you work in 2018:

  1. Dell XPS 13

When it’s crunch time, you need a laptop that runs at full optimization and doesn’t send you running to an outlet. Dell unveiled the solution to this with the redesigned XPS 13. The new model sports slimmer measurements and includes Intel’s 8th-generation mobile processors, increasing its performance by 44 percent. The best part? The battery life offers you 19 hours and 46 minutes of unplugged use.

  1. ASUS Lyra Trio

Few things are worse than an office full of employees with long to-do lists and a spotty WiFi connection hindering their completion. If you face this productivity roadblock, the new ASUS Lyra Trio will be a game changer. The dual-band mesh WiFi system consists of three antennae placed in a unique arrangement to help eliminate WiFi dead zones from your office.

  1. The Pup Pocket Scanner

Does anyone ever have access to a scanner when they actually need one? Taking a photo of a critical document for a client on your phone, emailing it and saving it is a nuisance, and the image quality is always sacrificed. With just a click from the Pup Pocket Scanner, you can scan, store and share all of your documents with crystal clear resolution from anywhere, in record time.

  1. Samsung’s Flip

During the CES conference, Samsung revealed new technology supporting its latest initiative to push towards a future of paperless offices and simpler communication. The Flip is a digital whiteboard that seamlessly integrates with phones and laptops, allowing you to collaborate with even more ease and forget about collecting the 50 sticky notes spread across your current whiteboard.

  1. Panasonic HomeHawk

The future of your business depends on the security of your office. The Panasonic HomeHawk, available this April, raises the bar for security systems with their over-the-door camera. The camera, mounted over your door, provides HD quality recording from a birds-eye-view.

 

How Tech Turnaround Can Help:

Whether you’re a small shop with no IT guy to turn to or you have an existing IT department that could use a little offloading, schedule your free consultation with Tech Turnaround, and we’ll pinpoint any vulnerabilities in your infrastructure and discover which new technologies will help you conquer 2018.

remote workforce

5 Technologies You Need to Power Your Remote Workforce

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Working from Anywhere Has Never Been Easier  

 

In a tech-driven world where digital is king and consumers are demanding transparency and reliability, working from anywhere becomes crucial to the success of your business. But the IT challenges that come with working remotely are intimidating, and you’re not always sure how to get started. Managed services is your answer, and here are five ways managed services can help get you started:

  1. Mobile/Wireless/Endpoint Protection | Accessing confidential information from personal devices is all well and good as long as they’re kept safe. From theft to phishing emails, personal devices create opportunities for cybercriminals to obtain your customer’s data. With endpoint protection services, you gain a multi-layer security approach to ensure your laptops, tablets and mobile devices are safe.
  2. Server & Network Management | Protecting your business begins at the core—your network. Working remotely, you need the ability to work on encrypted documents and files from the server, but also, to monitor and maintain a distributed IT infrastructure. With server and network management, you gain a secure connection to your network, so you can access encrypted files and other crucial data while maintaining a multi-location network connection.
  3. Office 365 | Working with your team is one of the toughest challenges of the remote workforce. With Office 365 services, you gain access to advanced applications including Skype for Business, Word and Excel. You’ll collaborate with team members—from any mobile device—in real-time on a single document and converse using Skype.
  4. UC & VoIP | Meetings are a large part of your day—you need tools that allow you to continue the conversation away from the office. Unified Communications and VoIP make conversing easier with call conferencing features and reliable call connectivity. By using your IP address instead of a physical phone, you can call into a meeting from any of your devices.
  5. Cloud Hosting | Connecting with your team is increasingly difficult without a single source for projects and ongoing files. With cloud hosting, your network, servers, applications and critical documents are encrypted and hosted from a single location. This makes it easier for your team to work from multiple locations and a variety of devices.

Whether you’re working from an airplane terminal or from the comfort of your favorite coffee shop, working remotely is easier than ever with a managed service provider. As your partner, we’ll provide managed services designed to make your life easier without raising your operating costs.

 

Contact us today to learn about our other services, and how we can help you safely work from anywhere.