Brando’s Rules for Success

Brando’s Rules for Success

| | Diversions
I’ve had a few folks ask me if I could attribute any big life lessons that have helped me get to where I am. Things like the Golden Rule or an extremely healthy amount of respect for karma (both of which would be true for me) came to mind, but ... Read More
PCI Council Loses $600K in Revenue, PO Population on the Decline

PCI Council Loses $600K in Revenue, PO Population on the Decline

| | PCI
Last year I released a blog post and a GitHub repository with some code to calculate how much money the PCI Council brings in annually, with an estimation of lifetime revenue. There are some MAJOR assumptions in there that can swing the revenue in either direction. And, of course, there ... Read More
Gong Fu Tea Brewing (Tea Ceremony Style)

So You Want to Gong-Fu?

| | Diversions, tea
The Gong-fu Tea Ceremony is a storied traditional method for brewing and enjoying tea (here’s another instructional video). When you start to spend money on higher quality leaf, the gong-fu tea ceremony will yield better results for a more immersive and enjoyable tea experience. Even lower quality tea can taste ... Read More
Updated Tea Journey post

Updated Tea Journey post

| | Diversions, tea
It’s been over a year since I blogged about my tea journey so far, and a LOT has happened in the past year. I’ve learned so much more and expanded my tea tastes substantially. I hope that my crazy love for tea rubs off on you guys and you can ... Read More
What’s the craic on KRACK?

What’s the craic on KRACK?

For those who are not familiar with the Irish slang, read this. We got another fun named vulnerability this week that goes after WPA2 encryption, something that is ubiquitous but not impenetrable. Key Reinstallation Attacks, or KRACK for short, exposes a weakness in the WPA2 protocol. It’s an attack on ... Read More
Why PCI DSS 4.0 Needs to be a Complete Rewrite

Why PCI DSS 4.0 Needs to be a Complete Rewrite

| | PCI
The last month has been tough for our coastal regions and based on what forecasts show for the rest of the season, we’re not out of the woods. If you have not donated to those affected by these massive storms, please consider doing so today. The group that received my ... Read More
Equifax is only half the problem, your SSN needs a redesign!

Equifax is only half the problem, your SSN needs a redesign!

The Social Security Number in the United States is the closest thing we have to a national identification system. It’s widely used to deal with the government, open lines of credit, and serves as the unique ID for a tax payer. It’s effectively your financial and governmental digital footprint identifier ... Read More
Orfei Steps Down

Orfei Steps Down

| | Headlines, PCI
In a rather surprise announcement, admittedly from a guy who is farther and farther removed from the PCI DSS ecosystem with each passing day, The PCI Council announced that Steven Orfei is stepping down as GM. His tenure was rather brief, in comparison to Russo, but it’s a thankless job ... Read More
Blockchain Fun

Blockchain Fun

| | Diversions
Two posts in one week? What is this, 2009? I’ve always been interested in payment and commerce. Blockchain and crypto-currencies have really captured my attention lately as the business applications are many and game-changing. I just published an article on the topic in this month’s Tactics & Preparedness that reviews ... Read More
Should you be a PCI Participating Organization?

Should you be a PCI Participating Organization?

| | PCI
What does it cost to be a PO? As if this writing it costs US$3,750 annually (originally US$2,000), For most companies, $3,750 per year is a drop in the bucket. Originally, the big benefit of being a PO was getting involved in the shaping of the Standard when the program ... Read More
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