Small Business Optimism Up a Skosh

A January survey shows that 39% of small business owners were “very worried” about the economy and 48% are “somewhat worried.” This compares to 56% and 35%, respectively, in the October survey that was conducted just after the market crash. The uptick in optimism is despite nearly half indicating they are “not at all confident” that President Obama and Congress will pass a stimulus package that addresses the needs of small business owners. The PayCycle research also showed that 58% of respondents now believe the recovery will take another 12-18 months, compared to 50% in the earlier survey. The survey showed that both the extreme pessimists and extreme optimists are beginning to converge on predicting an economic recovery in the 12-18 month range. PayCycle is the leading online payroll service.

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NCR’s Board Adds a Xerox Executive

NCR has appointed Quincy L. Allen, president of Xerox Global Business,
to its board of directors. Allen is responsible for the worldwide
management of Xerox’s $5 billion
production and $8 billion office businesses, including P&L, product
marketing and launch and strategic planning. The production business
offers high end systems, software and services for the graphic
communication industry, including production publishing, transaction
printing and enterprise-wide printing. He oversees marketing of Xerox
technology, software and services for offices small to large. Allen
earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from
Northeastern University and a master’s degree in business administration
from the University of Rochester.

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Payment Data System Processing Up 25%

Payment Data System posted a 25% increase in processing for December
2008 from November and 5% more than December 2007. Transactions
processed increased 11% from the previous month and 13%
from December 2007. It should be noted that December’s dollar volume was
the highest for any month in 2008 and is the third highest in our
history. In dollars processed, volume increased 21% from the third
quarter. For transactions processed, volume grew 20% over the previous
quarter and 7% over Q4 2007.

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Xirrus Wi-Fi Power-Play is PCI-Ready

WI-Fi provider Xirrus has received VeriSign assessment of PCI
configurations of the “Xirrus Wi-Fi Array” line of products. The new
features are available beginning in Xirrus ArrayOS
software release 3.5 and include additional security features for
ensuring the utmost in wireless security including integrated and
dedicated Wi-Fi Threat Sensor for continuous
monitoring of the air; integrated rules-based stateful firewall
;reprogrammable FPGA-based encryption engines; integrated Spectrum
Analyzer for DoS attacks and RF analysis and FIPS 140-2 Government
security certification. The Wi-Fi Array provides more than enough
bandwidth, security, and control to replace switched Ethernet to the
desktop as the
primary network connection. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array delivers the most
coverage, bandwidth, throughput, and user density on a per device and
per system basis than anything else available on the market today,
resulting in a solution that uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch
ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering.

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Configuresoft Offers PCI DSS Checker

Enterprise server manager Configuresoft has released “Configuresoft
Compliance Checker” for PCI DSS v1.2. “Compliance Checker” for PCI DSS
v1.2 validates the security posture of each machine against the
recommendations of PCI
DSS v1.2 and identifies non-compliant configurations. To help
organizations prepare for a successful PCI audit, the utility also
includes the ability to complete the appropriate self-assessment
questionnaire (SAQ).The utility is built upon the same successful
platform of the previously released Compliance Checker for VMware ESX,
which provides compliance checks against VMware hardening guidelines and
Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks for thousands of VMware
customers.

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EMVCO & AMEX

American Express has finally joined Visa, MasterCard and JCB as a
fourth owner of the standards body EMVCo. As part of the deal AmEx has
acquired a one-fourth share from the other owners and will have an equal
interest in the organization. EMVCo’s management structure has been
changed to give AmEx representation on the Executive Committee and Board
of Managers, in addition to equal participation in its working groups.
EMVCo was formed in February 1999 by Europay, MasterCard and Visa to
manage, maintain and enhance the “EMV Integrated Circuit Card
Specifications for Payment Systems.” With the acquisition of Europay by
MasterCard in 2002 and JCB joined in 2004. EMVCo is also responsible for
type approval processes for terminal compliance testing and “Common Core
Definitions” and “Common Payment Application” card compliance testing.

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AmEx Acquires a 1/4th Stake in EMVCo

American Express has finally joined Visa, MasterCard and JCB as a
fourth owner of the standards body EMVCo. As part of the deal AmEx has
acquired a one-fourth share from the other owners and will have an equal
interest in the organization. EMVCo’s management structure has been
changed to give AmEx representation on the Executive Committee and Board
of Managers, in addition to equal participation in its working groups.
EMVCo was formed in February 1999 by Europay, MasterCard and Visa to
manage, maintain and enhance the “EMV Integrated Circuit Card
Specifications for Payment Systems.” With the acquisition of Europay by
MasterCard in 2002 and JCB joined in 2004. EMVCo is also responsible for
type approval processes for terminal compliance testing and “Common Core
Definitions” and “Common Payment Application” card compliance testing.

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