Marathon Data Systems Adopts Element's Hosted Payment Solution Going Out-Of-Scope for PA-DSS Compliance Requirements

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Using Element's Hosted Payments, Marathon Data Systems, LLC. will now offer its PestPac Software customers a fully integrated PCI DSS compliant payment processing solution and avoid the hassles and costs of PA-DSS (PAPB) compliance.

Element Payment Services™, Inc. (Element) announced today that Marathon Data Systems has adopted Hosted Payments, the first payment processing solution to take software providers out-of-scope for PA-DSS (PABP) compliance requirements.

Marathon Data Systems, the developer of pest control software solutions for pest control companies, integrated Element's Hosted Payments solution with their PestPac software to offer its customers the most secure payment processing available. "With Hosted Payments, Element's PCI DSS Express Processing Platform handles all of the sensitive cardholder data needed to perform a payment transaction while PestPac collects all of the non-sensitive data. Since the software application never touches the sensitive data, PA-DSS requirements no longer apply," says Sean Kramer, CEO of Element.

Jason Kochel, CTO at Marathon Data said his decision to adopt Hosted Payments was a result of Visa's recent compliance mandates that require newly boarded level 3 and level 4 merchants to either be PCI DSS compliant or use PA-DSS (PABP), compliant software. "Meeting industry compliance standards is not an option for us; it's a requirement. And, providing our customers with PCI DSS compliant solutions is part of our promise of service," says Kochel.

Element developed Hosted Payments for software application vendors that sell, distribute or license applications that facilitate electronic payments to offer an alternative to PA-DSS (PABP) validation. Hosted Payments alleviates their cost burden, reduces their risk, and enables them to give their customers a completely secure, reliable payment application. Alternatively, for software providers who have had their applications PA-DSS (PABP) validated, Element also offers fully integrated solutions which eliminates third party software that can lead to security risk, added costs and multiple points of failure in the payments chain. For more information about Element's Hosted Payments solution and complete suite of products, visit

About Element Payment Services, Inc:
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Element Payment Services Inc. provides PCI DSS compliant integrated transaction processing solutions to merchants through partnership with leading business management software providers. Engineered using service-oriented architecture, Element's Express processing platform allows for easy integration and supports credit and debit card, ACH and check solutions for its merchants.

Processing $4 billion in annual transaction volume, Element's secure, innovative and reliable payment solutions allow its customers to easily comply with industry security requirements such as PCI DSS, PA-DSS (PABP), significantly reducing the risk of a cardholder data breach.

About Marathon Data Systems, LLC:
Marathon Data Systems, LLC, founded in 1984, is the leading provider of office management and mobile software solutions to the pest management industry. PestPac Software is an enterprise level solution with features including scheduling and routing, accounts receivable, customer experience management and more. To find out more about PestPac go to

Media Contacts:
Element Payment Services, Inc.
Brock Robertson
Chief Marketing Officer

Marathon Data Systems, LLC
Jamie Mish
Marketing Direcotr


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