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PCI and Tomorrow’s Payments Security Environment

Every so often it’s useful to sit back and reexamine a subject from a 40,000 foot perspective. In the last six to eight weeks, three unrelated items have caused me to do just that as I think about security issues in the payments card arena, never an easy subject even...

Happy New Year EMV

2014, on balance, was a very good year for progress in securing electronic retail payment transactions. Most importantly, many of the key payments stakeholders seemed to coalesce around the general understanding that three basic tools, EMV chip cards, payment...

Apple Pay is Live and Has (Just) A Few Hiccups

Apple Pay hit the streets with the release of IOS 8.1 the week of October 20th and at least at the physical point of sale, the mechanics largely seem to be working as planned. With the exception of about 1000 Bank of America customers who experienced quickly corrected...

Apple Pay – And Dynamic Payment Tokens

Although Apple’s payments announcement on Tuesday was not a surprise, the platform’s mechanics were largely unknown before Tim Cook’s on-stage introduction at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Cook set the context for Apple’s payments vision quite accurately: “Most...