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Lead Story

Ups, downs, ins and outs of vertical market tradeshows


Industry Update

Facebook payments on back burner

Faster fleet fueling

Discover streamlines compliance

Mobile payments coming of age

Processors gobble up mobile


Jerry Sellers

Sunshine state shines on payments

ACH pros recognized nationally

Selling Prepaid

Companies vault into prepaid 2009

Companies vault into prepaid 2009

Prepaid in brief

nFinanSe ups ante with low-cost cards

A revolution in consumer health

Snapshot of the European prepaid market


Change, the economy's enduring fuel

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group


Street SmartsSM:
Return to the hunt

Jason Felts
Advanced Merchant Services Inc.

Your merchant is calling

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

Wireless, fit for furniture

Tim McWeeney
ExaDigm Inc.

Bankrupt banks and credit card acquiring

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

What's in a name?

Nancy Drexler
SignaPay Ltd.

2009: Challenges and opportunities

Lane Gordon

Company Profile

Processing Solutions

Card Group

New Products

Countertop terminals, magnifique

ICT 220 and ICT 250

Future proof that POS

Product: Vx510 Ethernet terminal
Company: VeriFone


Catch and release office tension



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

January 21, 2009  •  Issue 09:01:02

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Discover streamlines compliance

Discover Financial Services rolled out an enhancement to its Discover Information Security and Compliance (DISC) program on Jan. 16, 2009. It is designed to streamline the validation and reporting processes and make it easier for merchants who process transactions on the Discover network to verify their compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS).

Discover created the DISC program to promote and sustain secure transaction processing, as well as support and maintain efficient DSS-compliance procedures for its merchants and acquirers.

Levels, numbers, alignment

With this move, DISC merchant categorizations are now in closer alignment with the PCI DSS categories. Each of four merchant levels has its own associated validation and reporting requirements, as follows:

Good idea, right time

"Data security is a top priority for Discover," said Suzanne Smith, Vice President for Discover. "Our move to roll out merchant levels is in direct response to feedback from our merchants and acquirers.

"This enhancement to our DISC program, in addition to leveraging the validation and reporting tools published by the PCI Security Standards Council, will give our merchants and acquirers a more streamlined and consistent process for validating and reporting compliance."

Ed Labry, President of First Data Corp.'s USA Division, said streamlining the validation and reporting process with others in the industry is a positive move by Discover and will provide tremendous benefits to acquirers and merchants. "Not only will this provide a more consistent data security framework, but it better drives adoption and compliance of the [PCI DSS], which is the ultimate goal of our industry," Labry said.

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