First American Payment Systems Partners with Trustwave to Implement PCI Compliance Program

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First American has partnered with Trustwave to create a program called PCI Smart in order to help merchants achieve and maintain compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). PCI DSS is the payment card industry security requirement for entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data, and has been endorsed by all the major card brands - Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, Discover Network, American Express and JCB.

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Our statistics show that card-present merchants represent the largest percentage of compromised merchants in North America

First American Payment Systems, L.P. ("First American"), one of the fastest growing electronic payments processors in the U.S., has partnered with Trustwave to create a program called PCI Smart in order to help merchants achieve and maintain compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Trustwave is the leading provider of on-demand data security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and organizations throughout the world.

PCI DSS is the payment card industry security requirement for entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data, and has been endorsed by all the major card brands - Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, Discover Network, American Express and JCB.

Committed to assisting merchants meet their PCI DSS compliance obligations, PCI Smart will provide First American merchants with access to TrustKeeper®, Trustwave's on-demand compliance management solution. TrustKeeper provides the automated tools necessary to support on-going compliance such as quarterly network vulnerability scans. Merchants will also have access to online tools and, in many cases, advanced technology for system monitoring.

To better assist First American merchants in their compliance efforts, PCI Smart will also provide merchants with access to Trustwave's PCI Assistant, an on-demand online video tutorial. PCI Assistant will help guide merchants through general cardholder data security, the PCI DSS and how to comply with the PCI DSS. Compliance support services are also available for those businesses requiring additional guidance to become PCI DSS compliant.

"Many merchants do not have the resources or technological background to manage compliance efforts on their own," said Neil L. Randel, Chairman and CEO of First American. "This partnership will provide our merchants the guidance and expertise necessary to validate PCI DSS compliance."

"Our statistics show that card-present merchants represent the largest percentage of compromised merchants in North America," says Robert J. McCullen, Chairman and CEO of Trustwave. "Trustwave's technology will help merchants manage their compliance efforts and secure their network environment."

About First American
First American Payment Systems, L.P. is a rapidly growing payment processor that provides comprehensive electronic transaction processing services for more than 100,000 merchants throughout the United States. In addition to credit, debit and EBT card processing, First American also offers a complete line of proprietary electronic/ credit card processing products and services including Secur-Chex® check services, FirstAdvantage® gift cards, FirstPay.Netâ„¢ e-commerce solutions, FirstFund® ACH software, Govolution® government e-payments, national ATM sales, and Merimac Capital® point-of-sale equipment and ATM leasing. For more information, visit http://www.first-american.net .

About Trustwave
Trustwave is the leading provider of on-demand and subscription-based information security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and government entities throughout the world. For organizations faced with today's challenging data security and compliance environment, Trustwave provides a unique approach with comprehensive solutions that include its flagship TrustKeeper® compliance management software and other proprietary security solutions. Trustwave has helped thousands of organizations--ranging from Fortune 500 businesses and large financial institutions to small and medium-sized retailers--manage compliance and secure their network infrastructure, data communications and critical information assets. Trustwave is headquartered in Chicago with offices throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, China and Australia. For more information, visit https://www.trustwave.com .

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