Danny Cresswell

Danny Cresswell

Danny joined Syntec in 2000 after two years working for a telecoms reseller. Many years of experience in the telephony industry has given Danny a vast understanding of integrated network and cloud-based contact centre solutions, along with an ability to present technical solutions in layman's terms. Danny takes a consultative approach to his role as head of sales at Syntec, managing both its direct and indirect sales channels, and he gets great satisfaction from helping clients increase the performance and effectiveness of their contact centres, often under tight budgets and short lead-times.

Some pitfalls of PCI DSS & GDPR to avoid for contact centers and remote workers

If you’re holding payment card data within your organization’s contact center environment (for instance in call recordings, or in your network as transactions are made) you’re always at risk from a data breach, even if you’re PCI  and GDPR compliant. Many organizations have shifted calls and transactions to remote workers and outsourcers due to the …

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Enabling secure and PCI-compliant online payments via web chat

There’s been a big rise in consumers using online chat to interact with organizations recently. Superoffice suggests that as many as 41% of consumers now expect live chat to be offered on an organization’s website. Indeed, there’s evidence that consumers prefer live chat to other digital contact center channels, with 46% of customers stating a …

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How to maintain PCI DSS compliance when your contact center agents are working remotely

Many merchants have responded to the Covid-19 epidemic by either asking their contact center agents to stay safe and work from home, or by routing calls to outsourcers handling calls on their behalf. Both of these present a number of unique security challenges and associated risk. During these difficult times, it is clearly important for …

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Point-to-point encryption (P2PE) vs. DTMF masking for call center PCI DSS compliance

Call center managers face an array of technical solutions to meet the requirements of PCI DSS and the necessary protection of payment card data for their customers. Two solutions often considered by merchants are point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and DTMF masking. In this blog post I’ll consider the pros and cons of each option. Point-to-point encryption …

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The PCI SSC issues new guidelines for telephone-based payment card data protection

The global Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), of which Syntec is a participating member organization, has just published its most important guidance on payment card data security in call centers and contact centers since 2011. Entitled ‘Protecting Telephone-Based Payment Card Data’, this brings up to date their guidance on how merchants should …

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Five ways to reduce queuing time in your contact center

Customers generally hate waiting on hold, and the longer that they have to hold the more chance there is that they’ll abandon the call. High call abandon rates are never good but they’re particularly problematic if your business is running any kind of inbound marketing campaign when every call abandoned can mean lost business. Even …

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