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August 10, 2009 • Issue 09:08:01

Trade Association News
ControlScan extends involvement with ETA

Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) compliance solutions firm ControlScan Inc. said it will participate on two committees of the Electronic Transactions Association to help educate ISOs, acquirers and the smaller (level 4) merchants on PCI DSS compliance issues. Joan Herbig, ControlScan's CEO, renewed her position on the Fraud and Risk Committee. Heather Varian Foster, Vice President of Marketing, joined the Education Committee.

"Small merchants make up the largest percentage of the overall merchant population and they are also the most frequently breached," Herbig said. "We felt the ETA would provide a platform that will allow us to talk about the unique challenges small merchants face in the PCI compliance game. Many level 4 merchants - as well as many ISOs and acquirers - are just not well educated about PCI. We want everyone to better understand what they need to do to become compliant."

Nuts and bolts

Foster said that in the two years she and Herbig have been with ControlScan, they have developed a mantra to elevate security "across the board" and build programs that target both of their audiences. "We want to make sure this is not just a check the box and get it done type of thing," Foster said. "It's about building a security platform where they are assured their credit card data is protected.

"It's not so much explaining PCI as it is getting tactical and explaining the procedure step by step, to deliver short snippets of education applicable to where the merchant is in the PCI compliance process. The main thing here is that we need everyone to know that level 4 compliance is a big deal and that it takes an army of people to get this message out there. We want to be significantly contributing to that." end of article

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