So why is Visa temporarily reducing the fraud chargeback burden on non-EMV-compliant U.S. merchants? Mark Nelsen, Visa's senior vice president, says it boils down to this: The card brand wants to give retailers a break while it takes steps to streamline the cumbersome certification of new POS devices.
Achieving international acceptance of PCI-DSS is an ongoing challenge, says Jeremy King, international director of the PCI Security Standards Council, who's working to educate merchants about baseline security that goes far beyond cardholder data protection.
While PCI compliance is a priority for many U.S. retailers, some major companies in Australia say they'd rather forego the cost of compliance and risk the possibility of steep fines if a card breach occurs.
Reacting to strong complaints from retailers, three major card brands have finally taken steps toward reducing the amount of counterfeit fraud chargebacks to U.S. merchants, which began as a result of the EMV fraud liability shift last October. But was the action by the brands bold enough?
As we prepare to mark the tenth anniversary of the PCI Security Standards Council, it's time to assess the impact PCI-DSS has had on payments security and consider whether it will remain a viable standard 10 years from now. A series of upcoming reports will address these topics.
Now that both the FBI and the FFIEC have issued alerts calling attention to the risks associated with interbank messaging and wholesale payments in the wake of SWIFT-related heists, U.S. institutions should brace for more regulatory scrutiny of bank-to-bank payments, financial fraud experts say.
Asking how many different technologies consumers will tolerate when it comes to paying for their goods and services is a bit like asking how many more superheroes moviegoers will countenance in the latest "Avengers" film.
Is SWIFT now playing good cop/bad cop? While it initially promised to not police the financial services industry, it's now considering training auditors and suspending banks found to have poor information security practices.
Before moving to faster payments, U.S. banks should scrutinize the security gaps exploited in the SWIFT-related bank heists and build effective risk-mitigation strategies that include stronger layers of authentication, financial fraud experts say.
A Japanese ATM cash-out scheme that stole $19 million from South Africa's Standard Bank in less than three hours illustrates why devising better ways to mitigate the risks posed by such schemes must be a priority for financial institutions in markets - including the U.S. - that still rely on mag stripe debit cards.
Another series of SWIFT-enabled hack attacks against a bank has come to light, following the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh and SWIFT warning that other banks are also being targeted.
Despite continued efforts to shore up security to protect payment card data and other financial information, the U.S. financial services and retail sectors had more data breaches in 2015 than any other business sectors worldwide, according to Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations report.
Visa's new plan to help merchants speed checkout times for EMV chip payments sounds good, in theory. But in reality, it isn't likely to have much immediate impact on either speeding EMV adoption or enhancing the user experience.
In a video interview, Dave Matthews of the National Restaurant Association, which represents more than 500,000 restaurants throughout the country, explains why the group is questioning whether EMV is really ready for "prime time."