Is Your Registration Information Safe?

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As of September 10, 2007, RegOnline is the only online event registration service to be ranked Level 1 PCI compliant.

Registering online for meetings and events may seem easy, but is registrants' information really safe? With thousands of in-house systems and companies offering online registration systems to event organizers, almost none of them have the security in place to keep their registrants information safe. Millions of people who register each year on these systems should be concerned about the security and privacy of their information.

In fact, as of September 10, VISA has certified and listed only one online registration company, RegOnline, as being Level 1 PCI compliant. This is the highest security standard available in the industry.

So why don't more companies get certified? Mainly due to the high cost and extensive resources it takes to comply with the standards required to have a truly secure system. It took RegOnline several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars and resources including developers, consultants, software, and equipment to get to the safest level recommended by VISA.

For RegOnline, getting certified required multiple network and development changes such as far more secure passwords for both users and employees, limited data retention to make sure that data is not being stored unnecessarily, stronger firewalls permitting only necessary and documented access to data, and many more changes on the development side. However, it also required physical changes within the company, including cameras monitoring all entrances and identification badges and proximity cards for all employees.

Holding to such standards, ensures that RegOnline is highly resistant to any breach, but if a breach does, in fact, occur, the system will have been monitored so effectively that it can be traced a remedied with accuracy and speed. A vulnerability recovery plan like this one is an essential part of upholding a strong security system to ensure that the system will not be breached.

Does that mean most systems are not safe? It means that they are more vulnerable to a breach of security than RegOnline. RegOnline is the industry leader in web-based, online registration software for meeting and event professionals. Since its inception in 1996, RegOnline's software has registered over 4 million people for over 54,000 events worldwide. RegOnline is committed to helping event planners improve their registration process, and make their events more profitable, less costly, and less time intensive. RegOnline can be found on the web at http://www.regonline.com.

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