Executive Insight: QSAs - Conflict of Interest?

In last month’s article, we discussed that your Merchant Services Provider (MSP) is responsible for informing and assisting you with your payment processing security. Because MSPs often don’t have the expertise in payment security, many will refer you to a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), causing you to have to pay for the expertise that should already be included in the fees you pay your MSP for card processing.

Why We Need to Know When Your IP Address Changes

Shift4's Universal Transaction Gateway® (UTG) users must have a permanent IP address assigned to their PC, both for security purposes and so that the POS/PMS can always communicate. If this IP address is changed, and Shift4 is not informed, clients will not be able to connect to DOLLARS ON THE NET and therefore will be unable to process transactions until the IP address is reported to Shift4. It may be helpful to know that most DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) servers allow you to allocate what is known as a Permanent Lease. For those Network Engineers that would prefer not to set a Static IP Address for whatever reason, this will allow them to have the best of both worlds by having both DHCP and a constant IP for the UTG.

Why Audit?

The Shift4 product offering is extensive to say the least. We offer a myriad of tools and services to our clients, and one that is highly beneficial to the enduser is our auditing capabilities. Yet, it has come to our attention that many of our clients are not using DOLLARS ON THE NET’s built-in auditing tools.