Verifone PCI 3 End of Life Terminals

Did you know terminals have their own Payment Card Industry or PCI certification? The standards are part of the overall merchant requirements to maintain the security of cardholder data. Those rules change over time and a bunch of Verifone equipment is expiring, including the popular Vx520 countertop terminal and Vx820 pinpad.

Last August, Verifone issued end of life notification on their PCI 3 range of payment devices in compliance with the PCI Security Standards Council PCI 3 expiration date of April 30, 2020. Often merchants will get notifications like this from their acquirer on their merchant statement.

Which Verifone terminals are impacted?

  • Vx520
  • Vx805 – M280-703-0X-XXX-X
  • Vx820 pin pad
  • Vx675, Vx680, Vx685, Optimum M5
  • Mx915 (PN 132-XX…), Mx925 (PN 132-XX…)
  • H5000
  • This list may not include all devices. Merchants should check with their providers especially if using a non-EMV device or if you were an early EMV chip adopter.

What does End of Life mean?

  • Final date for new terminal sales (fall 2019)
  • End of Development- Improvements or changes have stopped
  • End of Support Date- Verifone will not issue software updates after April 2020, except that, until April 2023 they will continue to provide error corrections for Severity 1 (Critical) software errors, including security vulnerabilities.
  • End of Service Date- April 2023. Verifone will honor any extended support contracts to their term. Subject to component availability and other factors, Verifone will also continue to provide repair.

Are merchants PCI Compliant if they continue to use PCI 3 terminals after April 2020? I’d be concerned about liability and the ability to prove PCI compliance, especially in the event of a data breach. Verifone will not issue software updates or provide development support after April 2020. If security vulnerabilities or exploits are identified by the processors after April 2020, and you’re using the terminals, who’s to say when or even if a solution could be found to fix it?

How disruptive would it be for your business to have to shut down using them and get another solution? There are always people who procrastinate making changes. And when something goes wrong, phone calls to processors explode, so change is usually not as swift as you’d like.

Note, only employees and PCI QIR certified individuals can install or touch your credit card terminals. Terminals are one of the most important factors determining rates you pay and chargeback risk. Why? Call now to learn more.

TIP for Christine Speedy Verifone Mx915 customers: If you have a part number that starts with this “PN 132”, replace the terminal. If you were an early adopter and had your terminals deployed prior to the EMV chip liability shift in October 2015, there’s no need to check part numbers; They need to be replaced. Please contact me directly to consult on replacement options.

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Verifone VX terminal reboot: urgent update

All Verifone VX terminals must be updated by June 25, 2019 or merchants risk problems where the terminal is stuck in a reboot and cannot accept credit cards. Verifone posted an advisory on their support web site June 3. Hopefully owners will be notified by their acquirers before they have hard failure. The VX series is very popular so it could be problematic if many thousands of VX terminal owners try and download the update at the same time.

Action is required for all customers using VX (all VX) or e-Series Devices (limited to e315, e315m and e355) on any version of CommServer prior to 544 or 5441 who have not downloaded the recovery utility. This action is for both customers who have successfully recovered their devices from a reboot loop, those who may be in a reboot loop, and those that did not experience issues at all on or around May 25, 2019. Read the entire alert on the Verifone support web page here.

The advisory impacts all Verifone VX terminals, so per my search, that would include the VX 520, VX 680, VX 805, and VX 670. Are you in need of a new or replacement terminal?

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The Christine Speedy difference. PCI compliance is important to mitigate data breach risk, but equally important is compliance with complicated card network rules. Have you read any of the 1,000+ pages of Visa Rules? Or 300+ Mastercard transaction processing rules? Have any of the people you rely on? I’ve spent countless hours educating myself on them and learning about the nuances that impact your profit and risk. Technology directly impacts compliance. It doesn’t matter how big or how old a company is; the reality is most players in the payments industry fall behind with every new rule that comes out, even though these rules are usually announced years in advance so that they can prepare. Call 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET for expert advice about all things payments for Microsoft Dynamics AX and D365.


How to fix Ingenico ISC250 Lane Closed ?

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Ingenico isc250 EMV chip and pin signature capture terminal.

The Ingenico ISC 250 touch and ISC 350 terminals will have a message ‘lane closed’ when not in use. To be more clear, the Ingenico terminals are slaves to software that tells them what to do. So the user must be logged into their point of sale (POS) solution, integrated software, or virtual terminal that drives the terminal.

If you’re logged in and click on SALE and the terminal still says lane closed, you need to do some troubleshooting. Is the terminal properly connected to the PC or device driving it? If this is a terminal that was previously known to be working, try swapping cables with another if available.

CenPOS users call support with your CenPOS MID at 877-630-7960. If you’re a user, you’ll know it. For everyone else, if you still have a problem, contact your IT department, Point of Sale solutions provider or whoever sold you terminals. 3D Merchant does not provide technical support to merchants using other companies business solutions so please do not open chat asking for help with your LANE CLOSED problem. We do not maintain a list of support numbers for retail solutions providers, equipment resellers, or anyone else who you may need to contact. If you’re open to changing vendors so you can improve your customer support or any other needs, then feel free to contact us.

For PCI Compliance, only PCI Council QIR certified professionals are allowed to touch or install terminals for level 4 merchants. Do not allow unauthorized outside vendors to physically touch your terminals.

PCI Alert: Some versions of Ingenico ISC 250 & 350 EMV terminals will be expiring April 2019. They’re not upgradeable and will need to be replaced. Hint: If you see cheap terminals for sale online, they’re probably expiring.

3D Merchant Services provides payment processing technology merchants need to drive Ingenico and other EMV chip terminals, with full cashiering, and without the need to purchase any additional POS software. The credit card processing terminals can be operated with a secure virtual terminal or with integrated solutions that keep merchant POS applications out of scope for PA DSS. Many recent merchant data breaches have occurred from applications that were in scope for PA DSS. By segregating payments from POS applications, merchants can increase security while reducing compliance burden. Merchants have the option for point to point encrypted (P2PE) terminals and solution or optional Validated P2PE service; the latter requires extra steps for merchants and significantly reduces PCI compliance burden with an SAQ that’s about 90% shorter.

Call Christine Speedy, PCI Council QIR certified, to purchase terminals and retail solutions, 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET. CenPOS authorized reseller based out of South Florida and NY. 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.

Small Business Merchant Security Mandate

Small businesses are at high risk of a credit card data breach. To stem the tide of breaches, effective January 31, 2017, all level 4 merchants were mandated to only use Qualified Integrator & Reseller (QIR) for Point of Sale (POS) applications or terminal installation, integration or maintenance.The Payment Card Industry Data Security Council provides certification and maintains the official list of certified QIR people.  Any entity that installs Point of Sale in conjunction with a payment application must put at least one representative through the QIR training/qualification process.

What’s a level 4 merchant? Visa’s Level 4 merchant category encompasses businesses that process fewer than 20,000 Visa e-commerce transactions per year, and all other merchants processing up to 1 million Visa transactions, regardless of channel, per year. Visa has estimated this covers approximately 5 million merchants.

What is QIR Qualification? From the PCI Council:

QIR qualification is a set of requirements put in place by Visa for acquirers in an effort to ensure that small merchants are able to implement and maintain a secure Point of Sale environment. QIR qualification provides an opportunity for POS Providers (both VARs and ISVs) to receive training and subsequent qualification on the secure installation of PA-DSS validated payment applications into merchant environments so that said merchants can maintain ongoing PCI compliance. Many data breaches from past years could have been avoided if not for incorrect installation/maintenance of payment application and on-site merchant networks, so QIR qualification was implemented to ensure that only skilled/trained installers are installing payments products.

Who must be QIR certified? Anyone who touches something impacting the cardholder data environment, excluding internal employees. That could be the a Value Added Reselller (VAR) to a POS application. Or it could someone installing something from one of thousands of independent software vendors (ISVs) who provide payment applications that fall under the auspices of the PCI Security Standards Council’s Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). People, not companies, are QIR certified, but all individuals are listed under company names.

qir certified speedyThe exam is tough. If you fail, there’s no feedback. Applicants must go back and study more, pay more, and retake the test. Annual continuing education is required to maintain certification. When I completed my exam, there were 452 certified in the world. Today, it’s 450, as two expired and did not complete renewal process.

Not enough companies are in compliance. It was $395 to take the exam and $150 to retake the exam until March 2018, plus ongoing annual recertification fees after year two. The PCI Council recently announced a change so it’s $100 for 3 attempts, plus $100 annually, in an attempt to get more people certified.

In my experience, most people involved in the payments process do not have the knowledge to complete an installation, or provide maintenance, unless they’ve been QIR certified. In my opinion, the longer they’ve been doing it, the more likely they are to use outdated techniques that put merchants at risk of a data breach. The same is true for application developers. There’s a ton of ‘trusted’ companies out there that integrate payments into web sites and other applications. They have a lot of experience. But payment processing is a moving target of complex security changes. Without specific training, including going through process of PA-DSS application certification, too many businesses are at risk.

Why should card not present merchants use QIR certified individuals? The QIR training encompasses all aspects of payments, including servers, networks etc. The QIR trained person is more likely to probe and identify potential weaknesses in any cardholder environment.

Why should level 1, 2, 3 merchants use QIR certified individuals? In my experience, there are weaknesses in businesses of every size. I can find a compliance problem in virtually any business. The key is to minimize risk and have a plan for continuous improvement.

Call Christine Speedy, QIR certified payments professional, right now at 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET.