First Data Extends Payment Card Security 400+ Merchants

First Data Corporation payment processing has expanded its merchant pilot “TransArmor” solution to more than 400 U.S. merchants. The pilot is to be conducted over the next four months, allowing participants to assess the comprehensive data security solution, which was developed in partnership with EMC Corporation. The “TransArmor” secure payments service addresses the root cause of merchant data security issues by removing payment card data from the merchant environment as part of processing the transaction. This significantly reduces risk and the scope of PCI compliance efforts to fundamentally change the way merchants secure and manage cardholder data. Leveraging “RSA SafeProxy” architecture, a combination of asymmetric encryption, tokenization and key management, “TransArmor” offers end-to-end protection and eliminate on-site cardholder data storage for merchants.

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VSoft To Provide Processing Services for Public Service CU

Global information provider VSoft will provide its “Straight Through
Image Processing” suite to CO-based Pulic Service Credit Union. The
credit union elected to outsource its teller, ATM, merchant and member
image capture services
though VSoft’s ASP platform, VSoft Managed Services (VMS).Previously,
PSCU was leveraging VSoft’s teller capture solution through
a third-party provider along with other imaging products from various
vendors. By outsourcing image processing to VMS, the credit union can
offer its members efficient check imaging services while shifting the
burden of running the day-to-day operations to a trusted partner. VMS
consolidates all image processing services under one platform, which
will reduce costs and enable PSCU to move its services in house to
accommodate future growth.

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BillMyParents 2.0 Offers Prepaid MasterCard

Socialwise has released “BillMyParents” 2.0 with a MasterCard prepaid
card option.
In addition to removing obstacles to online commerce, the
BillMyParents’ prepaid card solution removes the hazards associated with
carrying cash.
BillMyParents also maintains parents’ credit card numbers and other
personal information securely, and offers the following unique advantages:
complete parental visibility of teen account activity through immediate
text notification of card purchase activity;
parental ability to instantly freeze and unfreeze a card;
low card-related costs including no purchase transaction fees; and
parental ability to transfer emergency funds in real time to a teen’s card.

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AppSec Announces Adjustments for Data Privacy Regulation

Application Security (AppSec), database security, risk and compliance solutions for enterprises, announced a critical update for its ” AppDetectivePro” products for auditors and IT advisors and to its “DbProtect” in response to the Massachusetts Data Privacy Law 201 CMR 17 effective March 1, 2010. AppSec has developed a policy available via free download that will help customers ensure they are in compliance with new Massachusetts state regulations affecting all organizations that own, store, license, process, transmit, receive or handle Massachusetts residents’ personal information (PI). The downloadable policy will allow automated assessment of the database and includes a MA 201 CMR 17 compliance checklist, complete with detailed guidance on how to configure specific settings within Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Sybase, MySQL and Lotus Notes/Domino to ensure compliance with the law. If you are currently using DbProtect or AppDetectivePro go to: http://www.appsecinc.com/solutions/mass201 to download the Mass 201 policy. AppSec provides database security, risk and compliance (SRC) solutions for the enterprise.

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BluePay Credit Card Merchant to Exhibit at Convergence 2010

BluePay credit card processing and merchant services is intending to attend the Convergence 2010 expo in Atlanta, being held from April 24 to April 27. Hosted by Microsoft Dynamics at the Georgia World Congress Center, Convergence offers business professionals the opportunity to expand and achieve their business goals through networking, hands-on learning and keynote speakers. BluePay will be highlighting its merchant processing solutions, which range from secure payment gateways to the latest in credit card processing equipment, and giving away its Microsoft GP plug-in. The plug-in, which is valued at approximately $4,000 to $5,000, allows business’ accounting systems to communicate seamlessly and securely with the BluePay gateway. BluePay can integrate with Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics AX, and Navision accounting programs.

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TSYS & FNBO Forms Merchant Acquiring JV

TSYS and First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) have signed agreements to form First National Merchant Solutions (FNMS), allowing TSYS a top-10 presence in the US merchant acquiring market. Under terms of the agreement, TSYS will acquire 51% ownership of FNMS for approximately $150.5 million while FNBO will control the remaining 49%. FNMS had net revenue of $93 million in 2009, offering transaction processing, merchant support, value-added services and Visa- and MasterCard-branded prepaid cards to businesses. TSYS outsourced payment services provides issuer- and acquirer-processing technologies that support consumer-finance, credit, debit, healthcare, loyalty and prepaid services for financial institutions and retail companies in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.

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85% of Consumers Pessimistic on Economy

American consumer spending continues to slide, with 85% expecting at least one year to pass before seeing any improvement to the economy. Meanwhile, 42% expect the recovery is still one to two years away, thanks in large part to 32% disclosing insecurities regarding their employment; 28% reporting a reduction in their income over the past year; and 50% reporting a reduction in their savings since the year ago period. This findings, according to Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG), also show some signs of optimism, with 39% disclosing their own financial situation to be better a year from now, compared to 31% who felt that way in January 2009. Additionally, 32% surveyed in January 2009 expected their personal finances to get worse over the course of the year, compared to only 23% in January 2010.

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Unibased Offers U.S. Bank HPM Tool

Unibased Systems Architecture (Unibased) has added U.S. Bank Healthcare Payment Management (HPM) to its client solutions, a Web-based, peer-reviewed payment tool. HPM helps hospitals and other healthcare providers increase revenue, reduce bad debt and improve processes. U.S. Bank Healthcare Payment Solutions helps patients pay and providers collect. An outgrowth of U.S. Bank’s long-standing commitment to the healthcare community delivers innovations that simplify the receipt and processing of payments. U.S. Bancorp has nearly $281 billion in assets, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, and operates 3,015 banking offices in 25 states and 5,148 ATMs.

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GOTrust Technology Rolls Out KingCall VoIP Encryption App

GOTrust Technology has introduced the “KingCall” comprehensive VoIP encryption application that
uses a very special microSD (SDencrypter) containing a high-performance
smart card chip and high-speed communication interfaces to protect
mobile phone communication1. All the encryption and decryption is done
inside the SDencrypter so it does not impact the performance of the
phone and also prevent any possibilities of a Trojan virus stealing
encryption keys. “KingCall” uses a microSD module loaded into unmodified
3G smart phones provided by existing phone service operators; making
“KingCall” very simple and economical to deploy over a wide user base.
GO-Trust provides embedded hardware chip security and applications in microSD smart card
devices that support high-speed communication.

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F5 Networks and Infoblox Offer Secure Domain Extensions

F5 Networks and CA-based DNS, DHCP and IPAM solution provider
Infoblox have partnered to speed Domain Name System Security
Extensions (DNSSEC) deployment.
Infoblox’s industry-leading DNSSEC features replace manual key
generation and zone signing with a “one-click” process that generates
and securely distributes encryption keys to all appliances in the
Infoblox Grid that serve DNSSEC data. F5 provides a FIPS-compliant
option to satisfy the most stringent military grade key security. Both
F5 and Infoblox systems handle the NIST recommended key policies and
automatic rollover. This configuration mitigates denial of
service attacks on DNS and allows
customers to manage the adopt IPv6.

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XyberSecure Makes Available Added Security

XyberSecure web application security service provider has made available its PCI-6.6 and Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) security bundles through their behavior based web application security SaaS, “XyberShield” (www.xybershield.com). The security bundles offer a total of 19 individual web application security modules, or “XyberFrames,” available in several service bundle offerings, all of which are designed to help businesses protect against top web application attacks. The PCI-DSS 6.6 compliance requirements and OWASP are utilized as base lines for XyberShield’s “XyberFrames.” OWASP is recognized as a leading web application security organization providing global definitions of cyber-attacks.

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Emporos Rolls Out e2 SAAS POS System

NC-based pharmacy POS provider Emporos has introduced SAAS-based e2
cross platform POS system.
The POS system features positive ID scanning and touch screen technology
to improve customers’ overall shopping experience, including an upcoming
iPod mobile POS for drive-thru windows, delivery, and other flexible
checkout environments. e2 is PA-DSS certified to secure cardholder data
and IIAS compliant to accept FSA cards. It offers superior stability and
high availability by running on a Linux appliance or private cloud, both
offering internal redundancy. Emporos is initially introducing e2 to
hospitals and will make it
available to independent pharmacies later this year.

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