Prime Factors Blog

August 8, 2023
How Bank Card Security System Future Proofs Payment Card Security for Key Block Updates and Hardware Changes

Imagine if you could seamlessly integrate any new Payment Card Industry (PCI) PIN requirement, such as new Key Block mandates, throughout your custom payment application with minimal effort, saving time and reducing development costs. That’s a reality for many companies.  Using Prime Factors Bank Card Security System (BCSS), integrating industry changes into in-house payment applications […]

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January 23, 2023
How to Prevent a Data Breach: Protect Data at the Application Level

Data has never been more plentiful or more valuable, nor has it ever been more at risk of breach. Though hundreds of billions of dollars are spent each year on cyber security, data breaches continue all over the world, and sensitive data is still frequently compromised.    Why is this still happening?  Surely, enterprises now […]

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July 14, 2022
Implementing Tokenization Shouldn’t Be So Damn Hard

What surprised us in a recent inquiry with a leading global analyst firm was not the fact that they had seen an increase in tokenization inquiries of more than 700% year-over-year; we had been seeing the same spikes on our end.   It was, rather, what was happening after the initial inquiries that caught our attention.  […]

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June 8, 2021
Data-In-Use Encryption Survey Results Alarming

The majority of data breaches today are occurring at the application layer where sensitive information is more exposed and susceptible, however a joint research survey with Entrust revealed that less than 25% of respondents are actually applying data protection at the application layer, instead relying on data-at-rest encryption.  The challenge is that data-at-rest encryption only […]

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April 1, 2021
Happy 2^3x5!!! Prime Factors turns 40!

The year was 1981.  It was a Wednesday, the first day of April.  President Reagan was in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Walter Cronkite was enjoying the first few weeks of his retirement after signing off from CBS Evening News.  And just off of the University of California’s Berkeley campus on the eastern shores […]

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October 13, 2020
Your Customer's Sensitive Data is Showing

I always find it interesting when our perceptions of how things work do not match up with reality.  We were in a meeting not long ago with a large customer, discussing their encryption deployment, and a simple exchange highlighted a common misunderstanding of data protection:   Us: “You may want to consider application level data protection so that your data is not in the clear when it leaves the database.” Customer (CEO): “What do you mean our encrypted data is […]

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