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FinTech Belfast

Scott Wallace

Like a lot of good ideas, it all started with a chance conversation in the office over a coffee. We were discussing how odd it was that given how many local companies work on some aspect of financial technology, Belfast is weirdly under represented in that arena on the local meetup scene.

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Using Rebex to Support TLS 1.2 in Legacy .NET Environments

Dominic Lachowicz

Many popular points of sale are .NET apps that run on Windows. As these points of sale tend to have expected lifespans of 10+ years, our industry is challenged with how to support modern encryption protocols on not-so-modern operating systems that don't support those protocols. Frameworks like Rebex fill that niche.

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Impediments to Mobile Wallet Adoption

Dominic Lachowicz

Mobile wallets have been around for years now, and industry experts have called them The Next Big Thing in payments for their entire existence. But adoption rates have never quite matched up to the enthusiasm and excitement—while mobile wallet share is increasing month to month, it's still dwarfed by physical card transactions. Of course, no one is giving up on mobile wallets just yet. The question remains: Is there still a tipping point ahead?

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Are credit card skimming attacks easier with EMV disabled?

Dominic Lachowicz

In early February, TechCrunch reported that several USA Aldi supermarket locations were targeted in a credit card skimming attack. This attack overlaid a skimmer on top of Aldi’s terminals to capture cardholders’ credit card numbers and PINs.

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Cayan InfoSec Update: Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

Jimmy Barber, Dominic Lachowicz, Damien Dougan

This week, three vulnerabilities in common hardware CPUs were published by reputable security researchers. The vulnerabilities impact all major CPUs including those from AMD, ARM, and Intel, and threaten most computing devices.

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Mother Nature's Impact on Credit Card Activity

Dominic Lachowicz

Extreme weather and natural disasters can wreak havoc on the infrastructure that we so much take for granted each day. This year, the Caribbean and Gulf were hit particularly hard by hurricanes. Cayan’s merchant and transaction data offers some insight into how deeply these catastrophic events have impacted Florida, Houston, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, and how quickly and to what extent they’ve bounced back.

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TLS 1.0: 3rd party encryption libraries that can save you time and money

Dominic Lachowicz

Even if the your Point of Sale’s operating system doesn't support TLS 1.2 (eg. Windows POSReady 2009 or Vista), there's still hope. There are a number of 3rd party TLS libraries that a POS developer might employ in their solution so that their software can support TLS 1.2, without requiring merchants to go through expensive hardware & operating system upgrades.

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