PULSE and NETS Increase POS/ATM Acceptance

PULSE debit/ATM network forged a long-term POS and ATM acceptance agreement with NETS electronic funds transfer services company. With this, NetWorks’ 285 member institutions will be able to utilize PULSE for PIN debit transactions at POS locations nationwide. It will also be able to expand ATM acceptance to its members through PULSE’s more than 380,000 U.S. ATMs. More than 1,400 NetWorks ATMs in a 10-state area in the Midwest also will be enabled to accept PULSE(R), Discover(R) and Diners Club International(R) cards.

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Payment Data Systems Sees Record 3Q/11 Processing

Payment Data Systems integrated electronic payments solutions provider announced 3Q/11 set a record for transactions processed by the company. Its ACH (electronic check) processing volumes were the highest in the history of the company, up 598%, while ACH returned check transactions were up 771% from the previous quarter. Credit card processing volumes for third quarter were also the highest of any quarter in the previous two years. Credit cards dollars processed during the month were up 23.5% over second quarter of 2011 and up 61% over same period in 2010.

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JHA Payment Processing Offers Text Alerts for Fraud Prevention

Jack Henry & Associates technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for financial services organizations, announced that its JHA Payment Processing Solutions (PPS) division will offer “smsGuardian” anti-fraud text alert notification service. Now available for the credit unions supported by Jack Henry & Associates’ Symitar division, and banks using the jhaPassPort EFT platform provided by its Jack Henry Banking division, “smsGuardian” service sends transaction alerts directly to a cardholder’s mobile phone or other SMS-enabled device. The recipient customer then authorizes or blocks the transaction.

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Trend Micro & HyTrust to Launch Cloud Security

Trend Micro and HyTrust announced a partnership to help organizations streamline security and compliance reporting for virtualized and cloud computing environments. The companies will provide tools to reduce audit response times and increase auditor confidence. Trend Micro helps companies prevent data breaches while ensuring business continuity. Deep Security’s modules include Firewall/Deep Packet Inspection, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, File Integrity Monitoring, Agentless Anti-malware and Advanced Monitoring, as well as configurable log inspection capabilities. Trend Micro Deep Security and the HyTrust appliance with PCI DSS compliance tools are available now.

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iovation to Present on Mobile Security and Improving Systems

iovation, the Device Reputation Authority protecting online businesses from fraud and abuse, announced its upcoming panel presentation at the 3rd Mobile Contactless Payment Innovations Summit. With this, the Company will share insights on assessing risk and detecting fraudulent behavior from mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones on October 17th and 18th in Chicago. iovation has seen mobile transactions increase by more than 300% annually, playing a critical role in online business.

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eBay Integrates Facebook to Its Global Commerce Platform

At its Innovate Developer Conference 2011, eBay announced the integration of Facebook’s new Open Graph functionality into its Magento and GSI global commerce platforms. This will allow developers to build new social shopping experiences for millions of consumers and retailers of all sizes, from small business entrepreneurs to national and global brands. Facebook functionality will be integrated into eBay Inc.’s X.commerce open commerce ecosystem. This gives third party developers access to eBay’s global commerce technology, including the Magento open commerce platform. More than 100,000 retailers worldwide who use Magento will soon have a seamless way to enable their customers to use new sharing options including ‘want’ and ‘own’ buttons as part of a new social shopping experience.

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Fiserv Releases Research on Retailer Practices

Fiserv financial services technology solutions published a white paper identifying five best practices financial institutions can borrow from online retailers in order to boost customer engagement and create cross-sell opportunities. The paper, titled “Online Banking Meets Online Buying”, shares findings from a series of consumer focus groups and a June 2011 Fiserv Consumer Insights survey of 3,000 U.S. consumers and outlines how the consumer mindset differs when banking online and buying online, stating that consumers hold their financial institutions to a “higher standard.” However, there are still opportunities to market products and services through the online channel. Adopting the following tricks of the trade from online retailers can increase cross-sell success.

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VantageScore Solutions Announces Stress Test Results

VantageScore Solutions concluded testing its “VantageScore 2.0.” remained predictive when tested during a period of extreme economic volatility. With this, it confirmed its risk management capabilities in regions where the duel stress of high home price depreciation and high unemployment have significantly influenced default rates. The VantageScore model was built and is validated using a massive pool of anonymous consumer credit files from a blended timeframe that includes a period of unprecedented credit availability prior to the recession, and the extreme volatility that ensued.

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New Net Technologies (NNT) Launches Next Generation PCI Compliance

NNT PCI DSS and general security and compliance solutions launched Version 5 of its NNT Change Tracker and NNT Log Tracker Enterprise software suite. The software is specifically designed to improve payment security and protect against network threats and data breaches in-line with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which requires organizations that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data protection. NNT Change Tracker manages the file integrity monitoring (FIM), system hardening and configuration change monitoring aspects of the PCI DSS, enabling organizations to audit IT systems for vulnerabilities and then set a baseline to monitor changes to configurations, file systems, registries and settings, with an easy to use and secure dashboard that ensures systems are, and remain, compliant.

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Tyfone Launches m-Wallet Combined with Digital Commerce

Tyfone announced the availability of “iCashé” mobile wallet and eCommerce engine. Offering purchasing power through any mobile banking application and built entirely on top of Tyfone’s award-winning u4ia mobile financial services platform, “iCashé” blends comprehensive mobile banking features with convenient consumer purchasing, gifting and loyalty programs. It also provides contactless NFC payments and the highest level of secure identity management. Moreover, Any financial institution can offer customers using electronic and mobile banking convenient commerce services while all financial institutions using “iCashé” will immediately enjoy a new revenue stream.

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