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Thursday, November 19, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY (November 19, 2009) – Blackstone Merchant Services announced today that they have partnered with SecurityMetrics, making Blackstone the latest Independent Service Organization (ISO) to adopt SecurityMetrics’ PCI Site Certification Services to bring its merchant portfolio into compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The PCI DSS is a comprehensive set of global security requirements developed by the PCI Security Standards Council in order to safeguard cardholder data worldwide. The organization was founded by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa, Inc. SecurityMetrics’ unique flat-fee, unlimited-support program helps bank acquirers and ISOs simplify, accelerate and maximize PCI validation for their merchant accounts. SecurityMetrics’ also offers multilingual capabilities, including Spanish editions of the PCI self-assessment questionnaire and Spanish-speaking compliance consultants and technical support personnel, which will be a benefit to servicing Blackstone’s large Hispanic customer base, which exceeds 3,000 merchants. Blackstone’s merchants will work with compliance specialists who will determine their data security status and risk, then match each business to the right PCI validation requirements, and suggest security improvements to simplify each merchant’s PCI compliance efforts. “We decided to offer PCI compliance assistance to help our merchants protect themselves, as well as to protect our own portfolio against data breaches,” said Janet Sancho, Senior Vice President, Blackstone. “Partnering with SecurityMetrics, which ranks among the largest providers of PCI compliance services in the industry, gives us a fast, cost-effective and merchant-friendly way to accomplish those goals, including one-on-one phone consultations that are critical to smaller merchants that do not have their own internal IT resources.” About SecurityMetrics SecurityMetrics, Inc. is a leading provider of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) security solutions, including the most successful mass-merchant compliance model in the industry. The company is certified to perform PCI Scans (ASV), PCI audits (QSA), Payment Application Data Security Standards audits (PA-QSA), , penetration tests and forensic incident response assessments (QIRA). SecurityMetrics also offers a security appliance that includes vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection and intrusion prevention capabilities. SecurityMetrics is a privately held corporation headquartered in Orem, Utah. For more information, contact SecurityMetrics at (801) 724-9600 or visit About Blackstone Established in 1995, Blackstone provides a suite of merchant payment solutions ranging from an end-to-end prepaid program for retailers of all sizes to credit/debit processing and bill payment, utilizing a proprietary platform based on interactive touch screen systems. Innovations include the Touch-n-Buy (, an interactive touch screen kiosk that allows consumers to search for the prepaid card with the best rate to the country they are calling without the need to maintain card inventory. Blackstone consistently provides merchants with competitive prepaid and processing rates to meet all of their sales and processing needs. For more information, visit us at, or contact 1-800-639-