Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Burger, Fries & Security

Whipping out that credit or debit card at your local fast-food restaurant may be convenient, but it has also put the so-called quick-service restaurant (QSR) sector under the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standard microscope.

Just ask Wendy's franchisee Paul Haire, who co-owns seven Wendy's restaurants in the Monroe, La., area. Haire's restaurants were some of the first to accept credit cards. The Wendy's stores had also been rife with email-borne malware that spread from the manager's XP-based workstation in the back office to the XP-based electronic point-of-sale (POS) systems in the front of the stores.

"That would bring the whole system down and step these restaurants back into the 60s, with hand-written orders and checks," he says. "We had a huge issue with viruses."

So Haire outsourced his franchises' Internet and security services to BHI . The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Internet hosting and managed services security provider for SMBs provides a turnkey service for QSRs like Wendy's. He's been using the MSSP for nearly two years now.

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