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Dara Security Establishes College Scholarship

In keeping with Dara Security’s mission to encourage future generations of Computer Engineers, the company recently established a $1,000 Scholarship at the University of Nevada, Reno. The scholarship is available to Juniors and Seniors working towards their Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-2018 school year.

When UNR opened its Cybersecurity Center in 2014, we immediately saw a partner in our mission. They recognize the enormous implications cybersecurity has on the economy, military, personal and...

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Biometrics and the Payment Industry

Analysts have continued to predict each year that biometric authentication will hit center stage in payment security.  Experts assure us that facial-recognition or retinal scans are no longer ideas for the future, but analysts declare that biometric techniques like these can play an integral part in payment security today.  Although we have yet to see these predictions become reality, we are closer than ever to see biometrics-based security techniques within payment systems. 

Biometric authentication involves measuring and analyzing physical...

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PIN Security and Key Management

Organizations handling debit and ATM personal identification numbers (PINs) are responsible for safeguarding this sensitive information.  This responsibility not only makes sense from a customer service perspective amidst rising identity theft cases, but keeping PINs secure is required to comply with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rules on PIN security and for membership in major payment networks like NYCE, Pulse, and Star. 

Payment networks require their members to complete and submit the Technical Report 39 (TR-39) every other year to maintain good...

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Visa’s QIR Mandate: Are You Certified?

Effective January 31, 2017, Visa will officially require merchant acquirers to ensure that Level 4 merchants use only PCI QIR professionals for POS application and terminal installation and integration.  The purpose of Visa’s QIR mandate is to shore up payment security, specifically the weak practices in remote access to payment systems that have caused many breaches affecting smaller merchants.

Visa defines the Level 4 merchant category as businesses that process fewer than 20,000 Visa e-commerce transactions each year and merchants processing up to 1 million Visa...

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