Magento mandatory upgrade for PCI Compliance

Merchants must replace Magento version 2.1.x summer 2019. The Magento 2.1.18 software release marks the final supported software release for Magento version 2.1.x. As of June 30 2019, Magento 2.1.x will no longer receive security updates or product quality fixes now that its support window has expired.

PCI compliance requires the installation of critical software security patches within 30 days. When a software or related service provider no longer offers security patches, then merchants must replace or upgrade within 30 days. This is the same reason merchants using Microsoft Windows XP would not be PCI compliant.

I previously reported the Magento vulnerabilities and patch requirements in April 2019. Merchants should not rely on their business partners to automatically perform updates. Here’s a handy web site to check your Magento version now.

Now is a great time to also do a payment gateway checkup.

Call Christine Speedy, PCI Council QIR certified, to reduce merchant fees with new or existing merchant account at 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET.

Magento Security Alert requires action to maintain PCI Compliance

Magento 2.3.1, 2.2.8 and 2.1.17 Security Update

A SQL injection vulnerability has been identified in pre-2.3.1 Magento code. To quickly protect your store from this vulnerability only, install patch PRODSECBUG-2198. However, to protect against this vulnerability and others, you must upgrade to Magento Commerce or Open Source 2.3.1 or 2.2.8. We strongly suggest that you install these full patches as soon as you can.

PCI Compliance Requirement 6: Develop and maintain secure systems and applications. All critical systems must have the most recently released software patches to prevent exploitation. The average merchant relies upon third party developers for web site maintenance, but unless specifically contracted to update the e-commerce software and add-on modules, don’t count on it.

Only 16.4% of organizations that had suffered a data breach were compliant with Requirement 6, compared to an average of 64% of organizations assessed by our QSAs in 2014- Verizon 2015 PCI Compliance Report.

Payment gateway implementation requirements have changed over time as a result of cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) to meet current PCI Compliance standards. Merchants should verify all components of their ecommerce ecosystem are current, and have a system for ongoing monitoring and updating.

RESOURCES

  • Magento Security Center
  • MAGENTO SECURITY ALERT, March 26, 2019
  • Christine Speedy, 3D Merchant Services, offers a Magento payment gateway module for merchants to improve their omnichannel customer experience and mitigate fraud and vulnerability risk. Special B2B customer benefits include friction-less payments across all sales channels; text and email Express Checkout, customer invoice portal for 24/7 ACH, credit card, wire and more payment types, and US EMV with level 3 processing. Magento and ERP modules combine to provide a powerful array of solutions to improve cash flow and profits while maximizing security. 954-942-0483.

Christine Speedy on Ask the Expert Panel in Boca Raton

Christine Speedy will be on the BocaJS experts panel in Boca Raton, Florida. Christine’s background in ecommerce stems from when the internet first started. With skilled coding labor shortages, Christine learned html to help get stuff done for clients which included the Miami Dolphins, Blockbuster, the Florida Marlins and many others. While leaving serious work up to the coders and integrators today, her payment checkout insights are unparalleled for PCI Compliance and card network rules compliance. Get to know the industries best experts on everything from Development, Design, IT, DevOps, Recruiting, and Learning in Boca Raton, Florida.

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About The BocaJS group

The BocaJS group is here to represent the best that South Florida can bring to the world’s best Language (Javascript). And any else web related as well! In addition to vanilla java script, we’ll be looking at frameworks such as Node, AngularJS (1, 1.5 AND 2,4,5,6,…. 7 beta? ), Ember.js, jQuery, ReactJS and Ionic. Founded in September 2014 by Adam & Hector, and Run currently by Damian Montero and Jermbo Lawson this group continues to grow and thrive. Website: BocaJS.org (https://bocajs.org/)

About Christine Speedy

Christine Speedy is a Qualified Integrator and Reseller payments professional, certified by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, and authorized CenPOS Reseller. Christine is a subject matter expert on PCI compliance and card network rules compliance, offering secure cloud payment technology to businesses, transforming the commerce and customer experience. South Florida Technology Alliance member.

3 Ecommerce Checkout Payment Problems

Use of a PCI compliant payment gateway does not make a company PCI compliant, compliant with card network acceptance rules, or compliant with best practices to maximize profits. In other words, if you follow best practices and comply with all the rules, you’ll have a more secure and profitable company. A key ingredient to compliance is the payment gateway, however, the payment gateway has no specific requirement to ensure your compliance with all the card network rules and best practices, just those that pertain to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.Here’s a few costly merchant problems:

  1. Lack of brute force attack tools. These help prevent bots from testing thousands or millions of cards on your checkout form. The merchant is liable for all of the attempted transaction fees on the payment gateway and on the acquiring. A simple first line of defense is adding recaptcha. See Visa best practices to prevent brute force attacks. https://usa.visa.com/support/merchant/library/visa-merchant-business-news-digest.html.
  2. Non-compliance with Visa Stored Credential Mandate, effective October 14, 2017? I’ve written extensively on this, for example here’s a B2B steps to compliance article. There are multiple elements, and many payment gateways do not yet have solutions, especially for ‘Unscheduled credential on file’. Do you have a checkbox in the sequence of checkout opting in to terms? https://usa.visa.com/dam/VCOM/global/support-legal/documents/stored-credential-transaction-framework-vbs-10-may-17.pdf.
  3. Invalid authorizations. This is the most costly as it can lead to consumer generated chargeback, issuer chargeback, non-qualified interchange rates and penalty fees. Here’s a story about the new .25% MasterCard integrity fee. Do you have Standard/STD, EIRF, or Data Rate I on your merchant statement under interchange fees? Then you have an authorization problem.
  4. Cardholder authentication limitations. The security code has historically not been enough evidence to win customer disputes about unauthorized charges. With 3-D secure, fraud liability shifts to the issuer. Effective April 2019 based on region and industry, Visa mandates many merchants use Visa 3D Secure 2.0. Reference Table 5-18: Acquirer Support of Verified by Visa, Visa Public Rules.

The solution to all of the above is replacing outdated payment gateway technology with new technology that will help automate compliance with card network rules, while reducing PCI Compliance burden.

Why comply? Here’s an example of the cost difference between valid and invalid authorization.

interchange rate qualification

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Need a solution? Call Christine Speedy, 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET, CenPOS authorized global reseller based out of South Florida and New York. CenPOS is an integrated commerce technology platform driving innovative, omnichannel solutions tailored to meet a merchant’s market needs. Providing a single point of integration, the CenPOS platform combines payment, commerce and value-added functionality enabling merchants to transform their commerce experience, eliminate the need to manage complex integrations, reduce the burden of accepting payments and create deeper customer relationships.

Federal Reserve e-Commerce Fraud Study

Fraud Threats in the e-Commerce Channel Vex Merchants

Minneapolis, June 18, 2018 According to a new survey of 166 U.S. merchants with an e-commerce presence, card-not-present (CNP) fraud is the top payment threat to retailers. The survey also found that retailers worry about their ability to handle increased e-commerce fraud, which many merchants expect to increase over the next six to 12 months, largely as a result of data breaches. The survey, released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, aimed to uncover approaches retailers are using to effectively reduce payments fraud in the e-commerce space. It complements the financial institution fraud mitigation tool effectiveness study published by the Bank in the first quarter of 2018.

The report provides information about the use of payments fraud detection and prevention methods used in the e-commerce channel and how merchant respondents rated the methods. When asked where merchants devoted the most resources toward fraud mitigation, they indicated CNP in the online channel. Merchants largely rely on older mitigation tools such as security code and address verification, but some new tools are emerging. The emerging CNP fraud tools that merchants find most promising include artificial intelligence, facial and voice recognition, and multi-merchant purchase velocity checks.

“This study provides great insights into what merchants find effective for mitigating card-not-present fraud today and which emerging mitigation technologies they are beginning to use.  Retailers could use the information from the report to assess and enhance their current fraud mitigation strategies,” said Guy Berg, vice president of the Payments, Standards, and Outreach Group at the Minneapolis Fed.

The report also analyzes usage and effectiveness ratings of information-sharing partnerships that help merchants identify fraud attacks and exchange threat information.

Access the full 2018 Fighting Fraud in the e-Commerce Channel: A Merchant Study.


The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System, the nation’s central bank. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is responsible for the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous banking organizations, and provides a variety of payments services to financial institutions and the U.S. government.

 

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Blog author note: CenPOS cloud commerce solutions are part of a layered security approach that help reduce manual order reviews and mitigate risk of bot automated orders which can rack up authorization fees. Tools include 3-D Secure, including Verified by Visa and other card brand solutions, among others. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, CenPOS is reshaping the future of commerce through technology innovation and the secure, flexible and simple solutions this enables. Christine Speedy, CenPOS Global Sales, 954-942-0483 has extensive ecommerce experience to help businesses mitigate fraud risk while maximizing profits.