CardSave takes the pain out of PCI Compliance
06/28/2012

Payment services provider sets up PCI Helpdesk and offers free registration for members

Online PR News – 28-June-2012 – June 2012, London – CardSave has pledged to help its customers achieve PCI compliance with the minimum level of hassle and cost to their businesses. As part of its promise, CardSave, which is the UK’s leading SME merchant card services provider, will minimise PCI self-registration compliance fees and offer merchants a dedicated PCI Helpdesk Team. Research has found that 85% of businesses suffered a data breach in 2011, and that compliant businesses are less likely to experience such breaches.

CardSave has worked with Trustwave QSA to create a customised portal specifically designed for Cardsave members. This portal is designed to lead members through a simple question and answer process that will support their self-certification for PCI.

As part of its commitment to delivering personalised and professional services to independent businesses and start-ups, merchants can book dedicated appointments with CardSave’s PCI Helpdesk Team. The team will then guide them through each step of self-registration on the portal.

“We recognise that the process of PCI compliance can appear daunting to small businesses. Some find the procedure very confusing and may not realise that PCI applies to them. Others are concerned by the perceived time and cost implications of PCI,” explains Clive Kahn, CEO of CardSave. “We want to reassure our members about the ease of PCI compliance and offer them the help they need to become fully compliant.”

In the first year, as an additional incentive, CardSave will pay the full charge of self-registration for members who use the portal by a set date. The charge for ensuing years is set at just £12 per annum.

“At CardSave we strive to provide a high level of service to all our members, and that’s why we are taking steps to protect them from the impact of these new regulations as long as possible. We have already supplied all our members with PCI compliant payment terminals and have lowered fees below those of most of our competitors. We’ve done this in order to relieve merchants of the complexities of compliance, so they aren’t distracted from the important activity of running their business,” Kahn concludes.

CardSave members will be able to log on to www.cardsave.net/pciportal once they have received communication from CardSave to follow the simple instructions and self register. Alternatively they can register and upload their own independent Quality Security Assessor (QSA) certificate, at no charge, or register for CardSave’s Trustwave programme.

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Contact details
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TopLine Communications
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About CardSave:
CardSave was formed in 1995 by an independent retailer frustrated by the high costs of credit and debit card processing. CardSave has 55,000 members operating across a multitude of business sectors, with thousands more joining each month. It is a division of the WorldPay Group, Europe’s largest card processor.

Taking the pain and costs out of accepting cards, CardSave prides itself on delivering a personalised and professional service to independent businesses and start-ups. Providing individually tailored cost-effective payment solutions, its customers have the option of taking card payments through both physical terminals and online gateways. CardSave makes card processing easy for retail Chip & PIN, mail, telephone and online payments with the latest Countertop and Portable Bluetooth credit card machines.

CardSave is headquartered in Grimsby, North-East Lincolnshire.

About PCI Compliance
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is an information security standard which needs to be met by any business handling card payments. British merchants are now required to demonstrate compliance by being certified by an independent Quality Security Assessor (QSA). This certification must be renewed annually.

To read more about PCI DSS visit the PCI SSC website at: www.pcisecuritystandards.org.