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Closing the Gender Gap in Cybersecurity One Student at a Time

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/11/19 5:30 AM

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields. However, women are underrepresented in the job market, the degree programs and the classrooms. As the demand for more diverse cybersecurity professionals grows, initiatives like Dakota State University’s CybHER program become increasingly vital to encourage more young women to bring their diverse perspective into the field of cybersecurity.

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Spotlight Dr. Pam Rowland: College Store Cybersecurity Begins With You

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/27/19 5:36 AM

Cybersecurity is a large topic that can easily become overwhelming. However, as the college retail industry evolves, it is important that you do everything you can to protect students and your store from cybercrime. Recently, we sat down with Dr. Pam Rowland, assistant professor at Dakota State University in Cyber Security, co-director of the Center of Excellence for Information Systems and the director of the CybHER Institute, to discuss what college stores can do to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats.

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Protect Yourself: Small Businesses are Prime Targets for POS Cyberattacks

Posted by Lori Reese on 12/15/17 5:30 AM

How’s this for a mind-boggling number? $2 trillion. That’s how much cybercrime is projected to cost businesses by 2019, according to Forbes.

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MBS Systems Expert Q&A: Security Part 2

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/25/17 5:30 AM

How does P2PE affect business? In Part 2 of our interview with MBS store automation expert, Sales Manager Chris Bovi, we talk about chip technology, customer wait-times, liability and more.

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MBS Systems Expert Q&A: Security Part 1

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/24/17 5:30 AM

Why do you need P2PE? We sat down with store automation expert, MBS Systems Sales Manager Chris Bovi to discuss the ins and outs of MBS Systems security features and how they affect your store, your customers and your campus.

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Should Cybersecurity Be Shared With Your Customers?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/26/17 5:30 AM

Traditionally in business, cybersecurity is something that happens in the background and with the hope the customer never notices it is there. The steps a company or institution takes to protect those who use their sites have been hidden from plain view. However, the ongoing publicity surrounding high-profile security breaches have made consumers want reassurance that their information will be secure with your business.

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What the MBS Field Force Learned to Help Your Store

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/24/16 9:54 AM

Last week, MBS Textbook Exchange held its annual Sales Meeting in Columbia, Missouri for our field force to learn about upcoming services and refresh themselves on strategies. Here's the recap of what happened:

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Small Business Trends & How MBS Can Help You Take Advantage of Them

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 3/1/16 10:00 PM

The task of running a small business is continually changing in this tech-heavy era of social media and smartphones. This new generation shops in significantly different ways than their parents, and as a result, they have very dissimilar expectations when they walk in a store like your own. There are a number of things that you need that simply weren’t necessary as recently as a few years ago.

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EMV: the Tip of the Credit Card Security Iceberg

Posted by Chris Bovi on 10/28/15 12:00 AM

Whether you’re a systems provider, merchant services person, banker or an actual retailer, many folks in retail have spent the last 18 months talking about EMV. For those of you who might have spent the last year or two on a mission trip to the Amazon, EMV stands for "Europay, Master Card and Visa." This encompasses what we’ve taken to calling “chip cards.” They replace the mag stripe that has graced our credit cards for almost 40 years, and provide a greater level of security.

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