Bluefin Payment Systems Selected as Top 10 Innovative Technology Company for 2015 by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

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Technology Association of Georgia Honors the State’s “Best of the Best” for Innovation and Contributions to Georgia’s Technology Community

“Bluefin puts security first and foremost in the design of our products, so it comes as a great honor to be recognized by TAG as a leading innovation company within the state of Georgia,” said Bluefin CEO John M. Perry.

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced Bluefin Payments Systems as one of its Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG will recognize this prestigious group at the 2015 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 25, 2015, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

The “Top 10” most innovative technology companies are chosen from among TAG’s “Top 40” 2015 list and were chosen based on a number of criteria, including: degree of innovation; scope and financial impact of innovation; likelihood of success; and promotion of Georgia’s innovative efforts nationally and internationally.

“The Top 10 awards are given to an elite group of companies whose products and solutions are not only changing their respective industries, they are also putting Georgia on the map as a state where technology innovation can thrive,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “We applaud each of these companies for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s technology community and look forward to showcasing them at our annual Georgia Technology Summit.”

“The competition for Top 10 recognition was particularly fierce this year,” said Dennis Zakas, a partner and founder of Zakas & Leonard, LLP, Chair of Group Office Buys, LLC, and chairperson of the Top 40 Selection Committee. “The Top 10 demonstrates the depth and breadth of Georgia's technology community. We are pleased to recognize this group of companies and believe that the community will be just as impressed as we are by their innovation and impact on Georgia's technology industry.”

In March 2014, Bluefin became the first North American-based company to receive PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) for their PayConex P2PE payment platform. The company now offers three PCI-validated P2PE products, including PayConex P2PE Enhanced Gateway; Decryptx, which enables P2PE for Enterprises and Tier 1/2 Merchants with no change to acquiring relationships; and the QuickSwipe mPOS P2PE solution.

Bluefin’s PCI-validated P2PE solution suite secures card transactions by encrypting all data within a PCI-approved point of entry swipe or keypad device, preventing clear-text cardholder data from being available in the device or the merchant’s system where it could be exposed to malware. In addition to preventing the loss of cardholder data in the event of a breach, PCI-validated P2PE also helps companies reduce their PCI compliance scope; the PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption Solution reduces the 326 SAQ D to 35 questions for retail and call center environments.

To date, Bluefin is just one of six companies in the world with a PCI-validated P2PE solution.

“Bluefin puts security first and foremost in the design of our products, so it comes as a great honor to be recognized by TAG as a leading innovation company within the state of Georgia,” said Bluefin CEO John M. Perry. “It is our goal to offer enterprises, financial institutions and small-to-medium sized businesses a suite of highly secure technology to protect themselves from a data breach, and having the opportunity to share our vision with Georgia’s technology community is a tremendous opportunity."

For more information about TAG and the Georgia Technology Summit and to register for the event, visit http://www.tagonline.org/events/georgia-technology-summit Follow the conversation on Twitter through #TAGGTS.

About Bluefin Payment Systems

Bluefin Payment Systems is the leading provider of secure payment technology for enterprises, financial institutions and small-medium sized businesses worldwide. Bluefin’s proprietary PayConex platform features PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE), the QuickSwipe mobile POS system, tokenization, transparent redirect and more. Bluefin is a Participating Organization of the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) and is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in New York, Chicago and Tulsa. For more information please visit http://www.bluefin.com/.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 26,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.

TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at http://www.tagonline.org.

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