We all know the importance of PCI standards to electronic transactions. But as the definition of “electronic transaction” extends from the point of sale, to E-commerce and now to mobile commerce, how does PCI evolve to protect those transactions?
It was precisely this question that prompted the PCI Security Standards Council to release guidance for merchants on protecting payment card data when they use mobile devices to accept payments. The guide, issued on February 14th, applies to “payment-acceptance applications that operate on any consumer electronic handheld device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, or PDA) that is not solely dedicated to payment-acceptance transaction processing and where the electronic handheld device has access to clear-text data.” And it recommends measures for ensuring the security of mobile devices used for the acceptance of payments and offers guidance on securing the components of the payment acceptance solution, such as hardware and software. A complete version of the guide can be found here.
Bluefin’s SVP Ruston Miles is an active participant with the PCI Standards Security Council and is involved with new innovations for keeping Bluefin customers secure. You can hear more about Ruston’s experience and Bluefin’s current product plans at PYMNTS.com, where Ruston and Bluefin CEO John Perry are the current featured Innovators.