Staying in Compliance: The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

online paymentDoes your business deal in point-of-sale transactions using any type of electronic payment method? If so, are you in compliance with The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)? If you’re unsure, then most likely you are not. This is an important security standard that applies to all types of business which conduct any sort of electronic point-of-sale transactions. While not being in PCI compliance isn’t against the law, it can result in many negative consequences including lawsuits, insurance claims, and government fines. IT Now is familiar with PCI DSS and what it entails for your business. We can help set up your point-of-sale terminals and assess whether or not your data is secured under this standard.

If your business engages in any type of credit card or electronic transactions, chances are that PCI DSS applies to you. Credit card machines, near field communication terminals, internet transactions, data storage, and many other elements of businesses are covered under this industry standard. At IT Now, our IT experts can make sure that your business is in compliance and also help you understand exactly what compliance means for you. We have experience helping our customers sift through technical jargon by explaining it clearly and politely.

As technology continues to develop and put itself into the hands of everyday users, it can be hard to know whether or not your company is in compliance with all the different regulations it needs to be in compliance with. IT Now will help you learn more about regulatory standards in your industry and what you need to do to be in compliance with all of them. While we certainly can’t take care of everything, we can definitely take care of your computer requirements. Additionally, our company is in compliance with several data standards which may actually help with other aspects of your business like accounting and reporting.

If you have any questions about regulatory compliance in your industry, don’t hesitate to get a hold of us. Here at IT Now, we are passionate about what we do, just like you’re passionate about your business. Let us help you out with all of your technology so you can focus your attention on your own passions. You can rest assured that we’ll help keep your business up-to-date with the rapidly changing environment of data standards, compliance, and certifications.

 

Cyber Security in the Information Age

Fifty years ago, security compliance cyber securitywas associated with having a picture badge, stopping at physical checkpoints, and remembering to lock file cabinets when leaving a room. In the age of information, security compliance protocols are increasingly about IT securities. Many companies still use physical securities like photos and physical checkpoints, but in a way these have become measures taken specifically to augment IT security. While leaving carbon copy documents exposed is certainly still a security concern, it is nowhere near as much of a concern as is a stolen password. The simple reason is that a single password has the potential to give thieves access to far more information that can be stored in carbon copy, and it gives thieves computing power to boot. Read more

Modern Data Standards: HIPAA

HIPAA Employee BenefitsYou’re probably not directly familiar with HIPAA unless you work in the health industry or an industry that has to interact with it. So, why should you care? The simple answer is that these are the laws and standards that govern personal information about our individual health. HIPAA is an acronym for: The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Among many things, it sets forth guidelines for how health data is to be stored, transferred, and processed between different organizations that require that information. Read more

Modern Data Standards: SAS 70

compliance on digital tabletIn this day and age every industry has different standards that they need to meet. However, there are some standardization systems that transcend industries. This is especially true in our industry of IT service and data storage. We often deal with many different companies in many different industries. We are responsible for data that ranges from company records, to customer profiles. Read more

Prepare for Emergencies With Data Backup

Cloud file lockWhen implementing an emergency preparedness plan for your business, data backup is a key component. Even an over-zealous thunderstorm could compromise your company’s information systems, costing you time and money as you try to get things back online. Setting up secure, offsite data storage will give you the resources you need to weather any storm and will give you peace of mind in the meantime. Read more

The Dos and Don’ts of Business Email

Portrait of concetrated businesswoman working at officeEmailing has become an essential business tool that everyone in the workforce needs to be able to use. This convenient technology comes with a few pitfalls, though, that could get you into some trouble. Work-related emails need to follow a few simple guidelines in order to ensure that they represent you and your business in the best light. Read more

Put Our Help Desk Support to Work For Your Business

outsourceIn this fast paced world, there is no way to remain competitive without high powered computers and few things can be more frustrating than computers that aren’t functioning correctly. At IT Now, our Help Desk Support team can help make sure that your computers are always running like they should. Our technicians are both proficient and polite. So, they will get to the root of your issues in a fast and friendly manner– without the use of esoteric jargon. Read more

Updates: Keeping Your Hardware Up To Date

computer_troubleshoot_repairComputers have so many facets, that sometimes it can seem impossible to stay at the frontier of innovation, much less maintain a level of survivability. Software typically comes with built in features to notify you of changes or available updates, but hardware isn’t usually so straightforward. Some hardware does come with software which will notify you of driver updates, but this isn’t always guaranteed. Even if a company does offer driver updates, it is not typical that they will inform you that your hardware itself is getting old. Oftentimes, they will simply stop their driver updates.

Fortunately, with IT Now’s Custom Workstation Solutions, we can take on all of these responsibilities for you. Due to the fact that we manage so many happy customers, we are able to offer you advantages in market pricing using our high volume orders with well established tech companies. Additionally, under our Custom Workstation Solutions, we provide you with complete support for any issues you might encounter including direct customer service reps and remote desktop assistance. Read more