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March 07, 2014

MasterCard, Visa Launch Cross-Industry Effort to Accelerate Payment Security

Visa150MasterCard LogoMasterCard and Visa have announced the formation of a new cross-industry group focused on enhancing payment system security to keep pace with the expectations of consumers, retailers and financial institutions. The companies say that the group "will initially focus on the adoption of EMV chip technology in the United States, in addition to addressing other security-related topics, including tokenization, point-to-point encryption and broader needs of the region."

“One of the critical roles we play is to protect consumers and businesses against criminals and fraudsters,” said Chris McWilton, president of North American Markets, MasterCard.

"Only through industry collaboration and cooperation will we address the real and immediate issue of security and maintain consumer confidence and trust. EMV will be the next step in these efforts, alongside enhanced security solutions for online and mobile channels.”

This new group will include a diverse group of participants in the payments systems including --- banks of all sizes, credit unions, acquirers, retailers, point-of-sale device manufacturers and industry trade groups. The formation of the group is a public recognition of the importance of all parties to work together and will ensure all voices can contribute to the strategic direction of payment security.

The recent high-profile breaches have served as a catalyst for much needed collaboration between the retail and financial services industry on the issue of payment security,” said Ryan McInerney, president, Visa Inc.

“As we have long said, no one industry or technology can solve the issue of payment system fraud on its own. These conversations will serve as a useful forum to share ideas, break down barriers and spur the adoption of next generation security solutions for the benefit of all.”

With a priority on delivering meaningful solutions that benefit consumers, merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, this group will focus on a broad range of security-related topics, including:

  • Advancing the migration to EMV in the United States. Chip technology generates a unique code for every transaction, making it nearly impossible for criminals to use the card for counterfeit fraud.
  • Promoting additional security solutions like tokenization and point to point encryption. While EMV addresses the physical point of sale, the need to protect mobile and online transactions is critical. In tokenization, the traditional account number will be replaced with a unique digital payment code, providing an additional layer of security.
  • Developing an actionable roadmap for securing the future across all segments of the payments industry.

MasterCard and Visa expect this group will complement and engage with other efforts across the industry, including proprietary risk councils, EMV task forces and the standard management bodies.

Q&A re EMV, Data Breaches, HCE and the Pace of Change in Payments

PaymentsViews logo 140pxOver on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's George Peabody interviews me about some of the current issues on payments in the US.

George writes:

In this email conversation, Scott and I work through some hot issues as he reminds me about the sometimes unfortunate pace, and instigation, of payments industry change."

Perhaps you'll enjoy it! We'd welcome your comments!

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March 06, 2014

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March 05, 2014

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On the Web:

  • Target CIO Resigns Following Massive Data Breach - TechCrunch - "Target Corp.’s Chief Information Officer Beth Jacob is resigning, effective immediately..."
  • Sally Beauty Hit By Credit Card Breach - Krebs on Security - "Nationwide beauty products chain Sally Beauty appears to be the latest victim of a breach targeting their payment systems in stores..."
  • Stripe launches new Checkout - Stripe Blog - "Each site should not have to duplicate the work of device optimization and A/B testing. When you use Checkout, you have a team of Stripe engineers and designers continually optimizing your payment interface."
  • EBay CEO Reiterates Company Stronger With PayPal - Wall St. Journal - "EBay helps PayPal grow faster by creating a flywheel effect because PayPal is the primary and, in some cases, exclusive way to pay on eBay."
  • HCE: We're not in Kansas anymore - Mobile Payments Today (Cherian Abraham) - "There is a lot of potential in the closed-loop space with HCE, that retailers are ignoring due to a "scorched earth" approach toward contactless."

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March 04, 2014

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March 03, 2014

American Express Introduces the Amex EveryDay℠ Credit Card - No Annual Fee, EMV

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has introduced the Amex EveryDay Credit Card, calling it "a new no annual fee credit card that puts a twist on the traditional rewards program." The EveryDay Card will be available by April 2, 2014. The card has no annual fee, includes EMV smart chip technology and a rewards program incentive for both encouraging more frequent use of the card (20% kicker to rewards when used 20 times or more per month as well as double rewards when used for purchases at supermarkets.

Our goal is to be a more inclusive and welcoming brand by building new products for different lifestyles and spending needs, backed by the service and quality that has made American Express so successful,” said Josh Silverman, president, Consumer Products & Services, American Express.

“The average American uses their credit or debit card twice a day, and shops most within 20 minutes of their home,” added Silverman. “So we designed a card that doesn’t require you to change your daily ritual – but rewards you for where you already shop.”

American Express says that the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card was "designed with the multi-tasker in mind, like busy moms juggling family, work and their personal lives. The Card rewards Card Members at the places they already shop, and includes access to the retail protection, security and service expected from American Express."

Amex is using Tina Fey in its TV and print advertising along with photographs shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Cards and Wallets and Mobile Payments - Oh My!

PaymentsViews logo 140pxOver on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson tries her had at a one page diagram illustrating the evolution of cards, wallets and mobile payments.
What really jumps out for me is the issue of card-not-present rules for cloud wallets. Particularly if these wallets are populated with issuer tokens...
Read her post here - and add your comments!

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8).

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

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