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Thursday, October 16, 2008
BLACKSTONE MERCHANT SERVICES RECEIVES PCI COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION
Miami-October 16, 2008--Blackstone Merchant Services has successfully completed their certification under the payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Beginning in 2004, five major credit card companies formed the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC); these credit card companies include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB International. After combing their individual policies the council created a set of industry-wide requirements protecting sensitive cardholder information. Merchant Services providers such as Blackstone undergo annual security standards designed to aid organizations in protecting customer account data. In order to satisfy the security assessment imposed by the PCI Security Standards Council, Blackstone Merchant Services used an independent security audit company. Security Metrics exposed Blackstone Merchant Services to rigorous screenings and assessments resulting in BMS’ successful compliance. “Blackstone Merchant Services is dedicated to providing merchants with secure payment transactions. Merchants can continue feeling at ease knowing BMS is following the proper procedures and regulations required by the PCI standards,” said Senior VP Janet Sancho. About Blackstone Established in 1995, Blackstone has successfully managed to bring a complete end-to-end prepaid program to all retailers regardless of their size. Our comprehensive proprietary platform provides complete merchant solutions from credit/debit processing, prepaid products and bill payment solutions through a multitude of interactive touch screen systems. Our unique Point-of-Sale systems have dual prepaid capabilities, which no other company can offer. Blackstone consistently provides merchants with competitive prepaid and processing rates to meet all of their sales and processing needs. For more information about Blackstone and all their products and services, please visit our website www.blackstoneonline.com or contact us at 1-800-639-9590. About Security Metrics Security Metrics is a Qualified Payment Application Security Company (QPASC) and offers a security appliance with vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection and intrusion prevention functionality. Security Metrics is a privately held corporation headquartered in Orem, Utah. For more information email sales - at - securitymetrics.com or call (801) 724-9600. ###