At a time when the global spotlight is firmly on payment security, Mako Networks announces its PCI DSS Level 1 certified management service to improve data security for businesses across the world.
Merchants who accept credit and debit card payments in-store and wish to use broadband as a business service need a simple solution to continually protect them from the risks associated with Internet access. They must adhere to the new global security standards set by the PCI Security Standards Council to fight payment card fraud and have a legal obligation under the UK Data Protection act to protect and secure customer information.
Within the 12 key requirements of PCI DSS there are potentially more than 220 sub-requirements. A significant percentage of these relate to technical details that a merchant, trying to manage the day-to-day running of a business, is unlikely to understand, or have the time to continually monitor and manage.
Mako reports that it has invested heavily to achieve its unique accreditation that enforces data security of the highest standard on public broadband connections, and saves retailers the worry about exposure to data theft relating to both payment and non-payment activity.
Around 96% of PCI DSS breaches are thought to take place with Level 3 and 4 merchants who accept less than one million card transactions annually, making these the most vulnerable sectors, along with satellite branches of larger Level 1 and 2 organisations. Most of these merchants simply don't have IT expertise, and focus on taking transactions rather than securing them.
Mako urges that now is the time for UK merchants to take a holistic approach to securing data in their business and eliminate the risk of payment fraud and identity theft for their customers.
Bill Farmer, Mako CEO, says "Compliance is not just about ticking boxes, it's about taking the necessary ongoing steps to secure data essential to the success of a business. Too many merchants, large and small, have insufficient understanding of the importance of PCI DSS compliance to the longevity of their business. By using our turn-key certified service, merchants reduce the length of the questionnaire they are required to complete, whilst fulfilling 100 per cent of the PCI DSS network security requirements quickly and cost-effectively."
Mako Networks provides merchants with a single pre-configured and remotely managed security system, which continually enforces compliance and replaces traditional modems, routers and firewalls. In addition, merchants can continue to use their existing broadband service and administer real-time maintenance of compliance issues.
Bill continues, "Dial-up Point of Sale terminals are still common within the payment networks of many UK retailers. Switching to broadband will reduce costs by consolidating phone lines for multi-lane merchants, speeding up transaction times and helping cut queues in busy periods. Cardholder data must be protected from the rest of the merchant's IP network, leaving merchants who use broadband with no choice but to fully meet the PCI DSS criteria. We are concerned that merchants are completing the paperwork process without being fully compliant."