Mountain Media's Search-Engine Friendly eCommerce Platform Now PCI Compliant and CISP Certified by Visa

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Mountain Commerce shopping cart technology offers the highest level of security and proves it by passing the rigors of the Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standards.

We're both excited and proud to have achieved this major milestone

Mountain Media announced today that it has been granted level 1 Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) certification through Visa's Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP), making it one of only a handful of hosted shopping cart solutions and payment gateway providers to achieve such distinguished status.

The PCI Security Standard (http://www.pcisecuritystandards.org ) is the result of collaboration between the five major credit card companies (Visa International, MasterCard Worldwide, American Express, Discover Financial Services and JCB) to develop a single approach to safeguarding sensitive data, prevent credit card fraud, hacking and various other security issues. The standards define a series of best practices for handling, transmitting and storing sensitive data. Currently, any merchant, organization or software that processes, stores or disseminates credit card data must be PCI DSS compliant or they risk hefty fines and/or losing the ability to process credit cards altogether thus putting their entire business in jeopardy.

Mountain Media's level 1 compliant processes and products allow them to provide online merchants with a safe and reliable solution that helps to satisfy the "trust factor" that is required to turn an online visitor into an online shopper. A recent article published by Internet Retailer noted that shopping carts are often the culprit in card data thefts at eCommerce sites, making it all the more important for online merchants to select compliant eCommerce and payment gateway providers.

Dean Massiah of Fortrex Technologies, Inc., a PCI SSC authorized Qualified Security Assessor Company (QSAC) for performing PCI compliance audits says, "Online merchants put their businesses at great risk if due diligence is not practiced and steps are not taken to protect their customers' cardholder data. It is key that merchants align themselves with solution providers like Mountain Media that are not only compliant with the PCI DSS standard but take operational risk management seriously."

"We're both excited and proud to have achieved this major milestone," said Scott Fultz, Mountain Media's President and CTO. "Security has always been at the forefront of the technologies that we build here and we hope to educate the online merchant community about how vital it is for them to choose a PCI Compliant provider when making a decision about their shopping cart solution. Otherwise, they could be entrusting a company whose core competency may be marketing or graphic design with their customers' personal and financial data. Just one publicized security breach may be all it takes to put (even an established) online merchant out of business!"

Mountain Media provides search-engine friendly eCommerce products and services that allow serious online retailers to easily achieve natural search-engine rankings and capture increased sales.

The company's proprietary eCommerce management platform, known as "Mountain Commerce" offers online merchants a secure, now PCI DSS certified, environment which helps merchants receive top search-engine visibility while providing powerful up-selling and cross-selling features, order management and fulfillment, pricing and promotions handling, payment processing and catalog management. The system is an all-in-one eCommerce solution, and includes individualized, template-free graphic designs with each implementation. Additionally, the company offers a full compliment of commercial Web services and custom application development to accommodate even the most complex eCommerce projects.

For more information about the benefits of selecting a PCI CISP certified eCommerce solution or for more information about Mountain Commerce, please visit http://www.mountainmedia.com or call 877-583-0300.

ABOUT MOUNTAIN MEDIA
Mountain Media was founded in 1998 to heed the growing commercial demand for effective website design and development allowing small to mid-tier businesses to proliferate their message and expand into new market segments. Since then, the company has set focus on, and become a premium provider of customizable eCommerce products and services. In May of 2008, the company achieved Level 1 PCI DSS certification

Privately held and headquartered in Saratoga Springs, NY, the company's proprietary eCommerce management platform, known as "Mountain Commerce" was named to Practical eCommerce magazine's list of notable shopping cart solutions in late 2007. The Mountain Commerce suite enables online merchants to receive top search-engine visibility while providing powerful up-selling and cross-selling features, effective order management and fulfillment, pricing and promotions handling, payment processing and catalog management, all on a secure and reliable platform. Additionally, the company offers a full compliment of commercial Web services such as Search Engine Marketing, Graphic Design and Web Hosting.

For Mountain Media:
Taunia Kipp
877-583-0300 x214
taunia.kipp@mountainmedia.com
http://www.mountainmedia.com

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