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  • Fighting Cross Border Fraud

    Monday, June 01, 2009

    How can financial institutions stay one step ahead of fraudsters? Michelle Weatherhead looks at the latest technologies and methods designed to stop fraudsters in their tracks.

  • Where and How Will Banks Make Money in the New Era

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    The banking sector is waking up to a new age and many banks are reaching the conclusion that the road to future success lies in going back to basics.

  • New Standard for Encrypting Card Data in the Works Backers Include Heartland

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    ASC X9 standards body launching encryption initiative with breached payment processor Heartland Payment Systems playing a big role The same organization that led the development of security standards for payment-card magnetic stripe data and PIN-based transactions will soon begin work on a new specification for encrypting cardholder data while it is in transit between systems during the transaction process.

  • SWIFT How Far Will It Branch Out

    Wednesday, March 04, 2009

    First announced toward the end of Sibos 2008 in Vienna, Swift’s partnership with the reinsurance industry marks a further extension of the co-operative’s reach beyond the banking industry.

  • A Crossroads Ahead for Interchange

    Sunday, March 01, 2009

    The pressure on credit and debit card interchange builds as more alternative payment systems are introduced and lawmakers continue to eye rate regulation.

  • Payment Plans

    Monday, January 05, 2009

    Nine years ago, the European Union set out a plan to create an internal market for financial services by 2010. The first steps towards turning the idea into reality included removing differences in costs of Eurozone cross-border card payments, ATM withdrawals and credit transfers to ensure that bank customers see no practical difference between domestic and cross-border transactions. As such, the concept of the Single Euro Payments Area started as a framework to benefit corporates and consumers but since those early days has morphed into an interbank framework that has been moulded primarily by the banks with little guidance from the European Central Bank, the European Commission or any other regulatory body.

  • Setting the Standard for Combating Fraud

    Tuesday, December 09, 2008

    Point of detection is a way to measure fraud that, if implemented across the board, could reduce fraudulent payments and reassure corporates and consumers.

  • ACI Benefiting from Advice Driven Model

    Thursday, November 13, 2008

    The payment technology specialist ACI Worldwide says a transformation program initiated three years ago is paying off, as a growing number of banks are asking for help stitching together transaction systems that have long functioned independently.

  • Banking on Online Security

    Friday, September 26, 2008

    One year ago, the thought of a total loss of customer confidence in the stability of a major UK retail financial institution would have seemed laughable. Today, the thought of a similar collapse in trust caused by a systematic attack on a bank by highly skilled online fraudsters might seem equally risible. Yet as we have seen with Northern Rock, the unexpected can become real and to protect customer confidence, an intelligent, multi-layered approach to online security is essential.

  • The SEPA Saga

    Tuesday, September 09, 2008

    Political intrigue and a lack of leadership might yet kill the European Commission’s vision of a Single Euro Payments Area.