ProCare Software First in Industry to Achieve Level One PCI Compliance

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ProCare Software, market leaders in the Childcare Management Software Industry and used in over 20,000 child care centers, announced today that its Tuition Express service has successfully completed a PCI DSS Level One audit. The audit was conducted by Coalfire of Seattle, Washington.

Medford, Oregon (Vocus) November 19, 2008 -- ProCare Software, market leaders in the Childcare Management Software Industry and used in over 20,000 child care centers, announced today that its Tuition Express service has successfully completed a PCI DSS Level One audit. The audit was conducted by Coalfire of Seattle, Washington. “ProCare Software demonstrated industry leadership by validating compliance to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) for its Tuition Express service,” says Rick Dakin, President of Coalfire. “As the payment processing industry has been exploited by organized cyber crime in the past few years, ProCare Software responded by deploying a world class data protection program that builds confidence and trust for its customers and enables ongoing protection in the future.”

PCI DSS was developed by VISA International, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and others to help organizations that process credit card payments prevent credit card fraud and various other security threats. The payment card companies require banks to ensure that companies that process, store or transmit payment card data demonstrate PCI DSS compliance or risk losing their authorization to process credit card payments.

“In today’s business environment, a company can’t afford to take shortcuts when protecting their customer’s personal information. Most companies are waiting for more favorable business conditions to incur the expense of PCI compliance. We are very proud to be the only Childcare Management Software developer in the industry to become PCI Level One compliant”, said Kurtis Hutsell, Vice President of Financial Operations and the company’s Compliance Officer. “Our company has always put data security at the forefront of operations. We underwent a rigorous, on-site security audit that covered over 250 compliance points. By becoming Level One compliant, we offer our clients certified security.”

PCI DSS requirements demand a high level of technological expertise. The audit process validates a company’s compliance with numerous requirements including building and maintaining a secure network, establishing programs that protect cardholder data and developing a comprehensive information security policy.

ProCare Software has dedicated engineers overseeing all technological aspects of the company’s PCI compliance. “From concept to implementation, security has always been a major focus of the Tuition Express architecture,” said Darren Gapp, Chief System/Software Engineer. “This focus has been strengthened by technological advances we have adopted over the years. Recently we separated the payment processing platform from all other internal networks, maximizing security in a way most processors are unable or unwilling to address. The results are an isolated and extremely secure processing system, utilizing industry accepted encryption standards that exceed Government requirements for securing sensitive information.”

ProCare Software continues to lead the childcare industry in service and innovation. As the industry moves towards electronic payment services Tuition Express will be the model of data security. “Tuition Express has never experienced a data compromise and we want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to mitigate any potential security incidents. By going through the PCI audit process we’ve been able to expand our existing security practices to a level few have achieved”, said Jeffrey Blum, ProCare Software’s President. “Our Tuition Express service is used by thousands of centers and hundreds of thousands of parents. In validating compliance with the PCI standards, ProCare Software has reaffirmed its commitment to data security and in turn has strengthened our brand as the market leader in the Childcare Management Software arena. We are very proud of our position in the industry and are confident our Tuition Express service will maintain its leadership role for years to come.”

About ProCare Software: ProCare Software is the industry leader in childcare management software solutions. The company continues to advance the standard of childcare management, with a focused commitment to help childcare providers achieve excellence in business. Through the company’s innovation, research and development ProCare delivers the most efficient, user friendly software solution available to the childcare industry. For further information, please visit the ProCare Software web site at http://www.procaresoftware.com. The site offers in-depth information about ProCare Software’s suite of childcare management software solutions and its Tuition Express Service.

About Coalfire: Coalfire is an industry-leading provider of IT security, governance and regulatory compliance services. Coalfire’s methodology has been validated by thousands of successful projects around the world. From their offices in Colorado, New York, Washington and California, Coalfire delivers IT audits, IT control reviews, risk and PCI assessments, and other services related to emerging data privacy legislation.

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