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  1. Exploiting Windows Vulnerabilities Shows No Sign Of Slowing: The 6 Major Threats To Watch
    6/24/2016

    Recently, I wrote about the continuing threat Windows users face. Despite the major advances Microsoft has made in terms of increased security safeguards available in the latest release, Windows 10, there are millions of PCs still running older versions of the popular operating system which are highly vulnerable and susceptible to external threats. Of the many flavors of Windows still widely used, Windows 7 remains the most popular version of the operating system and where cyber criminals continue to focus much of their efforts.

  2. PCI QIR Q&A With Visa
    6/23/2016

    Much of the talk around the proverbial POS Industry “water cooler” has been around the now more than six month old announcement about the new Visa requirement for all Level 4 merchants. As a refresher: the card brand is requiring that merchants in this tier must use only PCI QIR professionals for POS application and terminal installation and integration. This requirement will go into effect in January 2017. It marks Visa’s effort, in their words, to establish requirements “for acquirers to ensure their small merchants are taking steps to secure their payment environment.”

  3. Why The ‘Internet Of Things’ Is Driving Infrastructure Spending By Retailers
    6/23/2016

    There is a lot of buzz today about the Internet of Things (IoT)—but is it a small wave to let pass, or is this a “big one” that RSPA members should be ready to ride out?  This technology trend touches many parts of the retail IT market and is expected to be a bigger part of retail IT budgets in 2016 and 2017.  In this article, Todd Cripe of Best of Breed Solutions and Velda Goodin of ScanSource explore what’s driving these expenditures and how RSPA members can benefit from these trends.

  4. RSPA President’s Note - June 2016
    6/23/2016

    How is it June already? Weren’t we just talking about our plans for 2016? Time is marching on, things continue to move quickly, and I’ve begun to cherish the moments of relaxation I have. One such instance was a few nights ago, when I was relaxing and watching HBO’s Real Sports.

  5. RSPA Members Making A Splash
    6/23/2016

    Retailers of all sizes are selling on multiple channels including in-store, online, mobile, and social media. RSPA members have traditionally worked with brick-and-mortar retailers, but, as those businesses have added online and mobile channelsand as online retailers have begun to open brick-and mortar stores the lines have blurred. Many RSPA members’ retail customers are selling online, and retail solutions resellers don’t provide omnichannel solutions, could lose a part, if not all, of that client’s business to someone who does.

  6. Canadian Corner: The RSPA Wave Rolls Into Montreal
    6/23/2016

    On Thursday, April 14, 2016, RSPA returned to Canada for its first Canadian Community networking event in Montreal, Quebec. The event was held to coincide with the dates of SIAL Canada, the country’s largest food service tradeshow and conference. Hosted at the Le Place D’Armes Hotel & Suites, the evening was an opportunity for Canada-based resellers and vendors to connect over food and beverages.

  7. Uncovering Business Insights Through Cognitive Search
    6/23/2016

    Big Data. It’s among the most pressing challenges — and opportunities — for today’s solution providers. Enterprise data, be it structured in databases and enterprise applications or unstructured textual data from documents (including contracts, letters, emails, newsfeeds, websites, and more) or videos and images, contains a wealth of content that, if searched and analyzed with cognitive intelligence, can deliver valuable insights for the customers you serve.

  8. Unique And Original Ideas To Provide Value To Your Customers
    6/22/2016

    A key part of any successful business that scales well is an ability to differentiate that enterprise from its competition. This is simple to do if you happen to be an early mover in a particular field. As the market matures, this becomes more difficult. Simply doing what everyone else is doing leads to competition based on price which is not optimal.

  9. How To Overcome HSM Cost Objections
    6/22/2016

    Cryptographic keys truly could be called the keys to an organization’s digital kingdom and that’s why they must be protected, both at rest and in use. Hardware security modules (HSMs) were created to do just that. HSMs act as both a locked box and a secure management platform for cryptographic keys — because the fact is, however powerful and flexible a crypto system may be a breach of cryptographic keys destroys its integrity. Consequently, HSMs have become the default foundation of security for any modern crypto system.

  10. What’s Your Number? A Business Value Conversation
    6/22/2016

    In the April HTGWAY, I talked about two legacies that we’ll leave as business owners – a personal legacy and a business legacy. Both are critical and obviously related. But let’s focus on the reality of how most of us view our business in regard to provide a legacy – it is a major (if not the major) source of funding four our retirement and future. It’s that simple for most, if we miss in creating enough value in our company we will fall short in having enough dollars to fund our lifestyle in retirement the way we wish it to be.