Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pay Anyone From Your Wrist

Today, Square Cash -- the easiest way to send money to anyone -- launched an updated app for Apple Watch. The latest Square Cash release affords anyone the ability to quickly send a payment to friends, family, or anyone nearby conveniently from their Apple Watch. Beginning today, anyone can access the app on their Apple Watch by downloading the latest Square Cash app for iOS.
The Square Cash app for Apple Watch conveniently complements the mobile app for iPhone. Square Cash for Apple Watch streamlines payments by enabling customers to easily send money using virtual stacks of cash in the form of $1, $10, $20, $50, or $100 bills with just a few simple taps on their Apple Watch. The app also provides actionable notifications, allowing the ability to approve and reject payment requests directly through the watch. Like the Square Cash app, Square Cash for Apple Watch also provides the option to send money to anyone nearby using Bluetooth LE technology, making payments quick and convenient to send. Square Cash also added the ability for anyone to sign up for Square Cash on the web, without needing to download the app.
Since 2013, the free Square Cash app has helped individuals send and receive money quickly and often instantly to friends and family. Square Cash also offers secure, low-cost transactions to businesses seeking to get paid fast at a low and affordable rate. With Square Cash, anyone can claim a unique, secure, and personalized $Cashtag that makes it easy to get paid online or offline too. Individuals, businesses and America’s leading non-profits are claiming $Cashtags as an easy way to let others know where to pay them quickly via Square Cash.
Beginning today, anyone can download the Square Cash app for free in the App Store and start sending money via their Apple Watch.
About Square, Inc.
Square creates technology that helps sellers of all sizes unlock the value of every sale. Square's register service is a full point-of-sale with tools for every part of running a business, from accepting credit cards and tracking inventory, to real-time analytics and invoicing. Square also offers sellers financial and marketing services, including small business financing and powerful customer engagement tools. Businesses and individuals use Square Cash, the easiest way to send and receive money, as well as Caviar, a food delivery service for high-quality restaurants. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, Square is available globally with offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia. (

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Webinar to Explore Question "Who Owns Third-Party Risk?"

Third-party risk management is becoming increasingly critical for businesses. Data loss and compliance incidents are frequently associated with a company's business partners, and regulations are expanding to cover organizations' third parties.
Despite the urgency, many businesses struggle to establish a solid foundation for their third-party risk programs. To address the third-party management landscape, LockPath, a leading provider of compliance and risk management software, and Shared Assessments, the trusted source in third-party risk assurance, are partnering to present a webinar on establishing an effective third-party risk program.
Tom Garrubba, a nationally recognized expert on third-party risk who currently serves as senior director of Shared Assessments, and Shawn Hickey, Solutions Manager at LockPath, will present a free 50-minute webinar, "Who owns third-party risk (and other questions)?" on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. EDT.
"From onboarding new vendors to assessing and re-assessing them for compliance with policies and regulations, businesses are facing an unprecedented time and resource commitment to adequately manage their third parties," Garrubba said. "Luckily, there are best practices and techniques that can lessen that burden and improve risk management, which we will cover in the online session."
The webinar will address the following:
  • Establishing third-party risk management program ownership
  • Developing third-party policies, procedures and practices
  • Establishing a vendor inventory
  • 5 Strategic points to consider when developing a prioritization strategy
"Breaches are often caused by a company's third-party vendors, but it's not the third party's name that will make the headlines," Hickey said. "Companies must perform their due diligence on vendors, especially those that will have access to sensitive information, and then be sure to re-assess them on a regular basis."
Webinar registrants can pre-submit questions on third-party risk management to to be answered during the session. For more information and to register, visit

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ingenico Group's Payment Solution Helps Ease PCI Compliance

From the RSPA RetailNOW conference, Ingenico Group (EURONEXT: FR0000125346-ING), the global leader in seamless payment, announced today that its Telium Semi-Integrated (TSI) payment solution provides an easy path for point-of-sale (POS) providers and other ISVs/VARs to start enabling EMV payments. Ingenico Group has been working with partners for years on Semi-Integrated offerings, and has used that expertise to create a flexible integration toolkit to simplify the process of developing these solutions.
Semi-Integrated payment solutions limit communications between the PINpad and POS system to non-sensitive exchanges, preventing card data from entering the POS -- instead, it is encrypted and routed directly from Ingenico Group's smart terminal to the merchant's card processor or gateway. Taking the POS out of the payment flow improves security and simplifies the EMV certification and PCI compliance processes. It can also reduce the costs of enabling EMV acceptance.
Ingenico Group provides a flexible, processor and gateway-agnostic approach, suitable for small to large merchants, with Basic and Enterprise options. Both provide partners with the tools to develop their own semi-integrated offerings with a range of Ingenico Group smart terminals to best support their business needs. TSI Basic is a turnkey solution that leverages Ingenico Group's pre-certified connections to major acquirers and gateways. TSI Enterprise goes a step further and enables the POS to maintain an unprecedented level of control over the terminal, managing functionality such as on-screen prompts and signature capture.
With Ingenico Group's TSI, partners are empowered to focus on building their core product and can integrate payment with their tablet POS or desktop applications using Ingenico Group's cross platform SDK -- for iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux. iMobile3 is the first custom application developer to integrate with TSI and is demonstrating its tablet POS platform at the Ingenico Group booth #725 at RSPA RetailNOW.
Key benefits:
-Streamlines EMV migration & certification
-Improves security by eliminating sensitive data from the POS
-Simplifies PCI compliance by reducing the cardholder data environment
-Flexible approach with 2 options -- TSI Enterprise & TSI Basic
-Processor- and gateway-agnostic

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