Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard

Introduction The Payment Card Industry, especially every company involved in storing, processing or transmitting cardholder data, must maintain processes and infrastructure according to a security standard, defined by the PCI Security Standards Council. This article is based on the document “Payment Card Industry (PCI) Date Security Standard – Requirements and Security Assessment Procedures”. At the…

Is Your Browser Safe?

Qualys [1] has a nice tool called “Qualys Browser Check” [2] for verifying if your browser runs on the most current version. It also checks if your plugins are up to date. These days, computers are exploited using browsers or browser plugins which contain some vulnerabilities, even 0-days. Therefore, it is very important to keep…

Total Internet Surveillance for Swiss Citizens?

According to federal councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, investigators should soon be able to monitor Internet traffic of Swiss citizens in real-time. By changing the “Verordnung über die Überwachung des Post- und Fernmeldeverkehrs (VÜPF)” act, the legal base shall be provided. This forces Swiss internet providers to build infrastructure for these monitoring services. Besides the fact, that…