Big Sky Commerce merchants were unaffected by the recent data breach involving URM Stores, Inc.

Recently, a cyber-attack affected approximately 160 grocery stores in Montana, Washington, and Idaho. Over twenty cities and towns in Montana were affected, including some businesses in our own backyard. Payment systems utilized by URM Stores, Inc., a retailers’ cooperative, were temporarily compromised, revealing some customers’ credit and debit card data. As a result of the breach, customers of some URM stores began seeing mysterious charges appear on their credit card statements. A URM Store member and grocery store (who prefers to remain anonymous) in Frenchtown, Montana, was unaffected by the data breach. This particular store uses the payment processing services of Big Sky Commerce rather than systems provided by URM Stores. Big Sky Commerce provides additional security to our merchants in order to prevent such cyber-attacks, including important steps of maintaining PCI Compliance.

PCI Compliance involves an annual online questionnaire (and network scans in some cases) for merchants to complete to ensure they are taking all reasonable measures to prevent credit card theft and data breaches. Our compliance certifications include $100,000 data breach insurance for each merchant. PCI Compliance plays an important role in protecting both merchants and customers from credit card fraud.

During these busy holiday times, dealing with credit card theft is the last thing you need on your to-do list. Extra protection for merchants, as provided by Big Sky Commerce, minimizes the risks associated with fraud and data breaches in the payments food chain.

Written by Lexi Standley

Ten years in business, our first blog and our redesigned website!

For ten years now, Big Sky Commerce has been serving the payment processing needs of clients in almost every industry.  We are proud to be serving clients all over the country and in other parts of the globe.  With many other options available in our industry, we are humbled by what we often hear from our clients: that they appreciate what we do for them, that we’re available and interested in solving their issues, and they’re as committed to us as we are to them.  Our tremendous team of account managers and support staff, in our relaxed yet driven workplace culture, continue to work every day to solve problems for our clients while offering the very best in payment processing solutions.  Continue reading “Ten years in business, our first blog and our redesigned website!”