IT systems operated by governments, hospitals, financial institutions and other businesses averted catastrophe, for the most part, as Hurricane and then Tropical Storm Irene stormed through the Eastern seaboard over the weekend.
This $38 billion bank has invested a great deal of time and effort into its online security program, continuously conducting risk assessments and making strides to ensure commercial customers stay informed about evolving online-banking risks.
Australian authorities this week said two more arrests have been in connection with an international POS skimming scheme that targeted merchants in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe and North America. So far, 27 people have been charged.
Debit fraud and skimming are growing problems, and they're why California-based Fremont Bank is switching from mag-stripe to chip-based debit cards, says Chris Olson, the bank's chief operating and enterprise risk officer.
A months-long investigation led Australian investigators to more than 50 stolen POS terminals, dozens of card skimmers and more than 18,000 blank and counterfeit cards. So far, 25 people have been arrested and charged for their parts in the alleged scheme.
Eduardo Perez says, simply, the "time was right" for Visa's introduction of chip-based payments incentives for U.S. merchants. Visa's new mobile-to-EMV program offers PCI-audit-compliance waivers to qualified merchants who implement dual-interface contact and contactless acceptance.
Adoption of chip technology will not only help the U.S. payments infrastructure prepare for expected acceleration in mobile-based payments, Visa says, but will improve transaction security by providing dynamic authentication.
United Nations Federal Credit Union says member satisfaction and acceptance of the chip card have been contagious, since the bank launched the chip option last summer. The chip-card portfolio has proven to be the credit union's most successful.
Debit fraud in the U.S. continues to grow as transaction volume increases. As international markets move away from mag-stripe and toward chip & PIN technology, fraud experts say U.S. card issuers can expect to see fraud continue to escalate.