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PSC First Qualified Security Assessor Company to Have Quality Assurance Procedures Validated to PCI DSS 1.2

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/01/09 -- Payment Software Company LLC (PSC), a leading global PCI assessor and Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), today announced that it is the first Qualified Security Assessor Company (QSAC) worldwide to have its quality assurance procedures validated by the PCI Security Standard Council (the Council) to the current PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 1.2.

"PSC has worked directly with the Council to ensure the delivery of the highest quality validation and assessment services to merchants and service providers around the world," said Tony Bates, chief operating officer and partner at PSC. "We are proud to be the first QSAC to have our quality assurance programs validated to the current PCI DSS 1.2."

To date, QSAC participation in the PCI Security Standard Council Quality Assurance Program (QAP) has only been validated to the previous PCI DSS version 1.1.

The QAP was developed to promote consistent interpretation of the PCI standards and ensure quality is maintained among all vendors. The QAP is based on eight guiding principles. Through the program, the Council and QSAC community commit to:

1.  Uphold the best interest of the assessor client;
2.  Adhere to validation requirements among the assessor company;
3.  Adhere to validation requirements among the assessor employee;
4.  Maintain consistent assessor procedures and reporting;
5.  Interpret the PCI standards appropriately as applicable to the
    client's systems and environment;
6.  Remain current with industry trends and PCI-SSC updates in the
    assessor community;
7.  Report all opinions as factual, documented and defendable, and;
8.  Maintain a positive relationship between the assessor and PCI-SSC.

About the PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by driving education and awareness of the PCI Data Security Standard and other standards that increase payment data security.

The PCI Security Standards Council was formed by the major payment card brands American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. to provide a transparent forum in which all stakeholders can provide input into the ongoing development, enhancement and dissemination of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS), PIN Entry Device (PED) Security Requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). Merchants, banks, processors and other vendors are encouraged to join as participating organizations.

About PSC

With offices in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia, PSC is a leading global PCI assessor and Approved Scanning Vendor. PSC provides expert services and solutions to organizations that require specialist compliance or consulting support in the areas of Payments, Security or Compliance. Visit PSC online at http://www.paysw.com.

PSC's focus is exclusively on Clients that accept or process payments or technology companies in the payment industry.

PSC is certified globally as a Qualified Security Assessor Company ("QSAC") for the PCI Security Standards Council.

PSC is certified globally as an Approved Scanning Vendor ("ASV") for the PCI Security Standards Council.

PSC is certified globally as a Payment Applications Qualified Security Assessor company ("PA-QSA") for the PCI Security Standards Council.


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