Mobile payments has grown to be a very hot topic with a long list of players. You’ve got the big card brands, like MasterCard with their new MasterPass, the not-so-small startup Square, all the way to big brands like Nordstrom. Mobile payments have come on the scene so rapidly that it still resembles the untamed wild-west. The PCI (Payment Card Industry) Security Standards Council just published new guidelines for securing mobile devices when used to accept payments. It’s no wonder that mobile technology is being brought in to retailers, restaurants, hotels and beyond. Combine commodity hardware, with an innovative app and the right card reading technology and you have a solution that is far more interesting, cost effective and just plain sexy than the ugly technology we’re used to seeing clutter our shopping experience today.
While mobile technologies open a lot of opportunity, it also requires a fresh look at securing the payment solution from start to finish. Creating a secure solution requires taking a look at the whole mPOS stack, from the peripherals reading the card to the tablet or smartphone transmitting the data. These new guidelines help developers, merchants and solutions providers understand their role in delivering the whole mPOS solution securely. We have taken the guidelines and turned them into an easy-to-read infographic to make it easier for anyone to see at-a-glance all of the moving pieces that need to be in place for a secure mPOS solution.
We are working with lots of companies that are trying to enable retailers to use iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches and a wide variety of Android devices. If you are building or want to build an mPOS solution and need to secure, monitor and manage those devices, let us know.