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Lead Story

The payments journey: From point of sale to points of commerce - Part 1

Dale S. Laszig


Industry Update

CFPB offers more time for prepaid compliance

SEAA 2017 energizes base

Acculynk to boost First Data's ecommerce portfolio

Visa, Viewpost target SMB payments


Acquirer earnings roundup: March 2017

Mobile wallet apps boost store visits

Steve Sotis


Interchange challenges create need for payments experts

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Fraud and plaque prevention: Both powered by AI

Don Bush

Lead with logic and honor

Steven Feldshuh
Merchants' Choice Payment Solutions East


Street SmartsSM:
Let's listen, learn and share

Aaron Nasseh
Finical Inc.

Honesty sells

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Company Profile


New Products

Pocket-size computers for fixed and mobile settings

Zebra Technologies TC51, TC56
BlueStar Inc.

Secure portal for real-time security audits, compliance



Demystify, clarify, compare


Letter from the editors

Readers Speak

Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

April 10, 2017  •  Issue 17:04:01

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New Products

Secure portal for real-time security audits, compliance

Product: A-SCEND

Price and Associates CPAs LLC, doing business as A-LIGN, launched A-SCEND, a compliance portal and dashboard designed to enhance audit and security assessments for the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) and other forms of compliance. The portal uses tracking tools to provide business owners with real-time status updates of audit, assessment and compliance activities, company representatives stated.


Established in 2009 by seasoned security experts and executives with experience at major accounting firms, A-LIGN provides security and compliance solutions to leading companies in numerous vertical industries, including payments. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., with offices in San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Salt Lake City, A-LIGN's mission is to help enterprises, distributors and Level 2 merchants simplify and streamline a range of security and compliance activities.

Greg Johnson, Vice President of Business Development at A-LIGN, called the company a one-stop shop for all aspects of security and compliance. "Our philosophy is that compliance doesn't have to be hard," he said. "We designed the A-SCEND portal from the ground up, with technology that makes the audit process more agreeable to our customers."

Secure, evidence/audit management

The A-SCEND portal's dashboard displays real-time status updates throughout the audit process, notifying customers when actions are required. Customers can link directly to documents to submit updates when necessary. Automated information request lists display real-time status updates such as "submitted," "in progress," "action required" and "accepted." The dashboard is protected by two-factor authentication and offers multiple permission levels, Johnson noted. "When new customers engage with us for an audit, we send log-in credentials and a quick-start guide," he said. "Customers who have been through security assessments appreciate this efficient, collaborative approach that eliminates guesswork from the audit process." A-LIGN clients receive detailed statements of work with clearly identified milestones to track efficiency and execution, and the company's relationship managers stay in touch with clients, beyond audits, advising on all aspects of security and compliance, Johnson said.

Payment card industry solutions

A-LIGN provides tailored solutions to payments industry stakeholders that are designed to protect cardholder data and enhance service offerings. A-LIGN described the solutions as follows:

Additional compliance solutions and services include SOC 1, SOC 2, ISAE 3402, HIPAA, ISO 27001 and HITRUST certifications, Johnson stated, adding that A-LIGN and its QSAs work with leading organizations, ISOs and acquirers and have conducted more than 3,500 successful audits and assessments. "We're seeking to partner with payments acquirers, software developers and independent software vendors that have one or more Level 2 merchants in their portfolios," Johnson said.

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