Episode 69 is all about how the PCI Security Standards Council is responding to changes in security technology and how it is expanding its role and technology coverage across important new geographies. If payment security is on your screen, join Glenbrook’s George Peabody, partner and host of Payments on Fire, and Troy Leach, CTO for the PCI Security Standards Council as they discuss standards under development like PIN Entry on COTS, other new tools to mitigate data breach risk, and the Council’s work in Latin America, Asia, and India.

A little background...

We don’t need any more evidence for how difficult data security is. In payments alone the number of system components is so high that hardening them all has been functionally impossible. But we’re are making progress. There’s EMV. Data devaluation through encryption and two forms of tokenization - security tokens and payment tokens - reduces the amount of hack-worthy information available.

Guiding, steering, nudging, and corralling the payment card ecosystem toward stronger security is the PCI Security Standards Council. The PCI SSC has developed a 12 step standards program for the secure treatment of payment card data that goes well beyond data devaluation. Various enterprises looking to protect their own data assets, not just card data, use PCI DSS to guide their security program.

The Council’s activity is expanding along with the threats we face. As technologies emerge that benefit security, the Council considers how to employ and deploy them. For example, the Council has a certification program for the token service provider function that handles payment token vaulting and other life cycle management tasks.

Another example is its soon to be released PIN Entry on COTS standard. Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) devices include the smartphone that’s by your elbow or in your hand right now. The standard makes clear that, with the right card acceptance hardware, PIN entry via a software-driven screen, rather than a physical encrypting PIN pad, is secure.

 

As you'll hear on the podcast, this is an exciting time in payments security development. Broad deployment of many important tools will take many years. That's the real news. As they come online, however, there's already reason for optimism. We just have to use what we have and get others to do the same.

Direct download: EP69_PCI_mixdown.mp3
Category:Payments on Fire -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Come back for Bryan Derman's wrap-up on FinovateFall 2014. From banking technology vendors to SMB lending and some very interesting security and biometric apps.  Take a listen to his report here and via iTunes.  Just search for Payments on Fire.

Direct download: EP_5_FFall_2014_COMP.mp3
Category:Payments on Fire -- posted at: 5:12pm EST

Finovate has become the leading opportunity for new companies and long term players in financial technology to strut their stuff.  But not all of us can attend the conference and not all of us have the long term view that Glenbrook's Bryan Derman brings to the show.  Take a listen to his take on Day 1 of the event.  And come back tomorrow for his take on Day 2. 

Direct download: EP_4_Finovate_Day_1_COMP.mp3
Category:Payments on Fire -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

In this Payments on Fire podcast, Russ Jones and I discuss last week's Apple Pay announcement and how it fits with and compares to other checkout approaches.  

We begin looking at Apple Pay and Visa Checkout from the perspective of the checkout process because that's what they are, ways to optimize checkout. We talk about how both will evolve over time.

We then dive into what we know about Apple Pay and discuss and what's most exciting about Apple Pay (it's not NFC).

In our next Payments on Fire podcast, Russ takes a deeper dive into Visa Checkout.  So, come back for that next week.

This week's Glenbrook links of note:

Direct download: Episode_2_-_Russ_and_Apple_Pay_mixdown.mp3
Category:Payments on Fire -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

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