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Upcoming PCI / EPP Compliance Mandates

In 2019, PCI (Payment Card Industry) announced new revisions for PCI PIN security requirements. PCI’s function is to set standards that ensure secure handling of customer PINs and data. PCI planned for a phased implementation of updates to provide a more secure method of transferring encryption keys from an ATM’s host processor to the ATM. Circumstances, such as Covid-19, resulted in an update to the compliance deadline dates. The dates below reflect these changes.

PCI PIN Security Requirement Dates:

  • December 31, 2022: Replace ATMs or upgrade EPP for ATMs with PCI PTS v1 or older
    (v1 EPPs are Less secure technology)
  • January 01, 2025: EPP hardware, firmware and software uses TR31 Phase 3 “Key Blocks”

Are your ATMs compliant?

In order to ensure the integrity of your ATMs, the current hardware and software needs an update. Failure to do so leaves your ATMs vulnerable. These vulnerabilities include risk of fraud, security attacks, data compromises and loss of revenue. As an ATM owner, the ATM networks consider you liable for any fraud or data breach involving your ATM. You could assess penalties or have any non-compliant ATMs shut down.

What actions should you take to ensure your ATMs are ready?

Prior to January 1, 2025, all ATMs will require, at a minimum, a software update. In addition, you may be required to replace your electronic PIN pad (EPP) or your ATM entirely. If you own or operate an ATM, do not leave this to chance. Contact the team at Edge One at 800-423-3343(EDGE). We will help audit your ATM fleet to ensure you are updated and compliant.

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Cash Management for Cannabis

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The cannabis market has seen tremendous growth over the last several years. Medical marijuana is now legal in 36 states, with 18 legalizing recreational use. Cannabis sales in the United States is projected to reach $92 billion by the end of 2021. This is an increase of more than 30% over the past year. Experts are projecting that by 2025 the cannabis industry should see upwards of $160 billion. And, with the growing acceptance of the idea of legalizing marijuana, we should see these numbers continue to rise.

Despite a growing acceptance and an increasing number of states allowing some sort of legal sales of cannabis, it is still considered a “schedule 1” substance by the DEA. This means it is still illegal at a federal level. Banks under the FDIC are bound by federal law. Under strict interpretation of this law, banks are unable to offer cannabis business even basic banking services. This includes loans, credit, and even checking accounts. Accepting, transporting, and even storing money earned from cannabis becomes complicated. Until federal laws change, cannabis businesses are in a tough spot when it comes to cash management.

The Cannabis Cash Management Challenge

Without access to services such as online payments and credit card processing, cannabis businesses have no choice but to deal in large amounts of cash. Managing the cash necessary for daily business is not only a challenge, but it can be dangerous. It creates risk factors such as employee theft, accounting errors, and robbery. Cannabis retailers need a safe way to count, transport, and store their cash.

Easy Access to Cash

The cash challenge isn’t just limited to you and your business. It applies to customers as well. Not everyone carries cash in their wallet. Having an on-site ATM allows your customers to easily withdraw cash and purchase the products they need. Easy access to cash can provide revenue for your business through increased sales and ATM surcharges. Edge One has retail ATMs that can provide your customers on-site access to cash.

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Safe and Efficient Cash Handling Solutions

When it comes to receiving cash, the risks are many. The money must be counted, moved, and stored. The more cash is handled, the more the risks increase. The use of cash automation equipment can help you reduce these risks while increasing efficiency. Edge One sells an assortment of cash automation products that ease the handling of cash and coin.  With cash automation, you can quickly and accurately count, store, and dispense the cash needed for daily operations. And, by reducing the number of hands touching and counting cash, you reduce the risks of accounting errors and employee theft.

Safe Cash Management for your Business

If you run a cannabis business and are struggling with the management of your cash, we can help. Our cash automation experts can help you determine the solution to fit your needs and budget. We can handle it all, from sales and installation to service and support. To find out more, Contact Us at 800-423-3343(EDGE)

The Shift to Software Subscriptions

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Consumer behavior is shifting, and many find the convenience of subscription appealing. From streaming television and music to meal preparation and household cleaning products, consumers now subscribe to almost everything. It is convenient. It is easy to just enter in your credit card and have a service delivered to you. Software is no exception. Over the last decade, we have seen software companies making the shift from traditional licensing to a subscription model. Experts are estimating that by 2023, 53% of all software revenue will come from subscriptions.

Why the shift?

It isn’t just the consumers driving this change. Companies are increasingly switching to a subscription-based revenue model. Subscriptions mean a consistent source of revenue that businesses can depend on. It isn’t just beneficial for businesses, however. Subscription based software also allows for affordability with a lower barrier to entry. Rather than a large sum paid out for a piece of software, you pay smaller amounts over time. Add in no-long term contracts, and it is easy to see the appeal of this software purchase option for the consumer.

Perpetual Licensing

Perpetual licensing is the more traditional model we are all familiar with. You pay a fee up-front for the right to use the software indefinitely. While this may sound like the more appealing option, there are limitations. Typically, the license may include some limited support and updates for a short time frame. Once that time is up, you no longer have access to those updates or support. Additionally, the software may be tied to a particular piece of hardware. If you upgrade that hardware, you are left having to re-purchase the same software. That can get expensive. Often a perpetual license comes at a large price tag. This barrier to entry can be cost prohibitive for small or start-up businesses.

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Subscription Licensing

With software subscriptions, consumers pay a monthly or yearly fee for access to the software. Sometimes there is a per-user fee. While subscribed, users can use the software and have access to support and updates, indefinitely. The subscription is typically tied to a user, not a piece of hardware. Meaning, you can continue using the software, even if you upgrade your hardware or change your system entirely. The up-front subscription fee is typically much lower than a traditional license, making it more affordable to get started.

ATM Software Subscription

With the move to software subscription happening everywhere, it should come as no surprise to learn that most major ATM manufacturers are doing the same thing. To streamline software offerings, subscription offers a much more common industry practice. Edge One always strives to be on the cutting edge with our hardware and software offerings. We have already begun updating some of our software offerings to reflect these changes. As always, we work to provide our customers with top-notch value and service.

Edge One’s Software Subscription Value

Simplification: Simpler product structures mean you only pay for what you use. No need to re-purchase every few years.

Entitlement: License transferability is now permitted on subscriptions. Licenses are no longer tied to individual hardware. this means there is no need to buy new licenses when hardware is replaced.

Flexibility: Simpler fleet management. Add/remove hardware, software options, or products. Adjust your subscription based on your needs. This provides a flexibility that legacy perpetual licensing didn’t have.

Choose Edge One for Your ATM Software

Edge One has always brought to the table a comprehensive list of offerings to keep your fleet in top shape. We have the latest in software offerings and software maintenance to keep you up to date and running smoothly. Our Compliance Audit Program ensures you remain PCI compliant. And, if you want to focus less on your ATMs functionality and more on running your business, Edge One’s ATM Management Program delivers. To find out more, Contact Us at 800-423-3343(EDGE)

Cencon Lock Product Update

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Potential Alarm Override at ATMs

Edge One has been made aware of a potential security vulnerability that could exist for customers deploying the DormaKaba Cencon locks, installed on your ATM or ITM, configured with the optional SHUNT feature. If the SHUNT feature is enabled, access to your ATM/ITM safe, generally after hours, would be allowed with the alarm being bypassed when a correct combination and smart key are used on the Cencon lock. Specialized tests have shown, however, that this signal can change state with relatively low-level vibration or impact, which could compromise the intended security of the lock, depending on how the SHUNT function has been configured. Meaning, if your DormaKaba Cencon lock is impacted or tampered with in a certain way there is potential to disarm the alarm without any sort of key or combination.

Due to the serious implications of inaccurate alarm signals reporting, Edge One recommends that customers apply remediation to mitigate against this issue.

This will not impact you if ANY of the following are true:

  • The ATM/ITM does not have a DormaKaba Cencon lock.
  • The ATM/ITM safe is not alarmed.
  • There is no afterhours access to the ATM/ITM.
  • You are using an alarm panel at the ATM/ITM to disable the alarm.

You may be impacted if:

  • The ATM/ITM is alarmed and does not have an alarm panel or box to disable the alarm.
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Edge One Recommendations

Edge One recommends that customers determine if they are impacted by the potential alarm override. If it’s determined that you may be impacted, we recommend reaching out to your alarm and security vendor. They will need to configure the DormaKaba SHUNT feature to use the burglar switch rather than the lock shunt.  Feel free to supply them the attached diagram and instructions.

This recommended remediation will require a site visit to each impacted terminal by your alarm vendor during which they will require access to the safe. Note: DormaKaba, Kaba Mas and Mas Hamilton all refer to the same product.

If you have questions, feel free to contact your Edge One Financial Solutions Specialist.

ATM Security – What You Need to Know

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ATMs have long been a prime target for criminals.  ATMs deliver cash, credit and debit bank accounts, and as technology advances, they can serve even more functions than before.  For thieves looking for quick cash, ATM crime can be enticing. This means that financial institutions and retailers are constantly fighting attacks. Edge One wants to ensure you are informed when it comes to the different types of ATM security threats and the weapons available for their defense.

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Physical ATM Attacks

These attacks involve thieves using brute force to gain access to the ATMs. A few of the more common types of physical attacks are:

  • Hook and Chain
  • Ram-raid / Pull-out
  • Cash Trapping
  • Explosive / Gas Attacks

Freestanding drive-up ATMs are particularly vulnerable to these attacks. We are seeing an increase in frequency in these physical ATM attacks here in the U.S. Luckily, there are options for protecting your ATMs.

Logical ATM Attacks

As ATM technology advances, so do the methods criminals use to gain access to the funds they contain. Logical attacks are instances where criminals use electronic devices or malware to gain access to the ATM.

These attacks can include:

  • Skimming
  • Jackpotting
  • Malware
  • Black box attacks

To protect yourself from logical attacks, it is critical that all ATM operators remain proactive and vigilant.

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Plan Your Defensive Strategy

The most effective ATM security strategy for your fleet is a through a comprehensive, multi-layered approach. The team at Edge One can provide you with a vulnerability assessment and develop a plan to mitigate your risks. Contact Us at 800-423-3343(EDGE).

Hook and Chain ATM Attacks – Are You Protected?

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ATM crime is nothing new. For years thieves have used methods such as tampering, skimming, and robbery. But as ATM security evolves, so do the techniques used by these criminals. We are currently seeing a rise in the frequency of a type of assault on ATMs called “hook and chain” attacks. These physical attacks on the ATMs can be dangerous and costly. It is important that your financial institution plans your defenses accordingly. Edge One can help.

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Hook and Chain Attacks

Using a vehicle, criminals target ATMs for this brute force attack. These attacks usually happen from late at night to early morning hours. The perpetrator attaches a large chain or cable to the ATM and accelerates. The force allows them to force open ATM safe doors. These attacks take less than 10 minutes. Even if they are not successful in opening the ATM, the resulting damage can be extensive. Freestanding, drive-up island ATMs are particularly vulnerable to these attacks.

Protection For Your ATM

Edge One can offer a solution to help protect your ATM from these attacks. Through a hardware solution from NCR, ATM criminals can be deterred.

Safe Slot Reinforcement Kits

Safe Slot Reinforcement (SSR) Kits have been designed as a counter measure to “hook and chain” attacks. These kits remove all available space around the dispenser and deposit slots while reinforcing the area around them. This makes it more difficult to damage the module transports and subsequently insert a hook through gaps in the safe door.

Each Upgrade Kit has been uniquely designed to fit around each model. Each ATM requires two kits to ensure total protection. The SSR kits are discreet, as they are not visible once the fascia is closed.

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Protect Your ATM

At Edge One, your ATMs security is our top priority. We are dedicated to providing you with the best security solutions. For more information about our SSR kits, as well as other security offerings, Contact Us at 800-423-3343(EDGE).