Merchant Risk Council

This past week, over 1400 payments professionals convened in Las Vegas for the annual Merchant Risk Council (MRC) conference, an event that I’ve had the pleasure of attending for over a decade.  While merchant fraud detection and risk management continue to be the core theme of the conference, traditional payment service providers had a strong […]


The domain of point of sale (POS) has three legs to its security stool: EMV, point to point encryption, and card number tokenization. Card not present (CNP) merchants and issuers have the more challenging task of assembling fraud mitigation tools on their own. The networks have had, until EMVCo’s move into payment card tokenization, not […]


Is Now the Time for Online PIN Debit? This session was presented by Mike Strada from Chase Paymentech. Mike is a fan of online PIN debit, especially the notion of giving merchants more choices. His discussion focused on the different options the 12 North American debit networks are exploring. Several of the debit networks are […]


I‘m in Las Vegas today attending the Merchant Risk Council’s Platinum Day Sessions. I’ll be blogging my comments from the sessions here along with my colleague Jay DeWitt who’s also attending this year’s MRC. Fraud Prevention on eBay Marketplace Unfortunately my plane landed such that I was only able to catch the tail end of […]


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