Monthly Archives: May 2017

Essential Employee Spotlight, Judy Manahan-Controller

Judy Manahan is company controller here at Essential Systems Solutions andas the Controller and head of the accounting department for the company, Judy Manahan oversees cash management and risk management for the company. She is responsible for the company’s financial statements, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and budgeting. If you’ve ever met or talked with Judy, one of the first things you’ll notice is that she is committed to this company and making Essential the premier POS technology company on the East Coast.
Judy loves her job, but who is the REAL Judy Manahan? We asked Judy 9 questions and this is how she answered.

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  1. How many children do you have? I have 2 Sons, 3 Step-children, 16 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren and 3 more on the way.
  2. Where’s your hometown? I was born in Emmitsburg Maryland and I still live in Emmitsburg Maryland today.
  3. What are you hobbies? I love cooking for the whole family and working in my flower beds.
  4. What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? Baseball (Go O’s!)
  5. Who is your hero? Manny Machado of course (Go O’s!)
  6. If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join? The Beatles!!
  7. Do you collect anything? Longaberger Baskets
  8. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? I am not a daredevil, but I have ridden on the back of a Harley!
  9. If you had a warning label, what would yours say? “Caution”

Last Friday, a huge ransomware attack began in Europe, Japan, China and is still lingering. The WannaCry software has locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. Users are confronted with a screen demanding payment in order to restore their files.

Last Friday, a huge ransomware attack began in Europe, Japan, China and is still lingering. The WannaCry software has locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. Users are confronted with a screen demanding payment in order to restore their files.

Ransomware is a very fast growing and threatening type of malware attack. Everyone is a target, no matter how large or small your company is. Large companies like Target, T.J. Maxx, and Home Depot, have been attacked and had their customer data compromised. But what about smaller businesses? 1 in 5 small businesses hit by a ransomware attack are forced to close their doors. They just aren’t able to afford the payment demands and have lost years of company data.

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7 Tips to Defeat Ransomware

Luckily, Friday’s the attack was thwarted before it could hit every state in the U.S., but it’s not over. The attackers will realize how they were stopped, they’ll change the code, and start again. Your POS software and firewall updates are urgent right now. Your POS solutions provider can make these updates. There are solutions available to help you safeguard your POS system and your biusiness. The cost to protect yourself from a threat can be far lower than the cost in time & money of losing your data, and not being able to serve your customers or potentially having to rebuild your IT infrastructure. Download our “7 Tips to Defeat Ransomware” for additional information. Just one tip could save your business.

Mastercard Is Changing Their Numbers, It Will Impact Your Business.

All merchant POS (Point of Sale) terminals, credit card processing systems, webpage checkout software, and anywhere a Mastercard card number is accepted or housed, must be 2-series ready by June 2017.

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Bank Identification Numbers (BINs) are the first six-digits of a credit card number, and are fundamental to payments. They identify the issuing institution for the account and ensure that each transaction is routed correctly.

Mastercard® has received an additional range of 2-series numbers to add to the 5-series that are currently used. The 2-series BINs operate in the same way as the 5-series numbers and Mastercard has made changes to their systems to accommodate the new numbers. Banks began issuing 2-series BINs in early 2017.

Merchants should work with their service provider to evaluate their systems to determine whether updates are needed to accept 2-series BIN payments.

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2-series BIN impact
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Potential implications for merchants

  • POS terminals and/or cash register updates
  • Educating your employees
  • Reporting, processing, and reconciliation
  • E-commerce/online checkout

Essential customers, please contact us for support.  If you’re not an Essential customer, please feel free to contact us for any questions about the new Mastercard 2-series BINs.