SOURCE: Certain Software, Inc.

Meetings and Events Software Solutions

February 17, 2010 11:00 ET

Certain Software Successfully Passes Payment Card Industry (PCI) Level 1 Compliance Audit for Third Year in a Row

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2010) -  Certain Software, Inc., the leading provider of event management solutions for the global meetings and events planning industry, is proud to announce that it has once again successfully passed the annual onsite audit for PCI Service Provider Level 1 compliance. PCI Service Provider Level 1 is the highest level of compliance for securely collecting credit card payments over the internet, intended for companies with the capacity to handle the most massive online credit card transaction volume. To prove compliance, companies must undergo an extensive, on-site Annual Security Audit performed by a PCI approved Quality Security Assessor. Each quarter, Level 1 Service Providers must have compliance verified through Quarterly Vulnerability Assessment Scans performed by a PCI Approved Scanning Vendor. Certain Software's customers, as PCI Merchants, are assured the greatest security and ease of meeting their own compliance requirements.

Certain Software was a pioneer in driving the adoption of the highest level of privacy and security throughout the online registration process. "Security and Privacy are critical issues for our customers and our business," says Jonathan Dodson, CIO of Certain Software. "Achieving PCI Level 1 compliance means that we have chosen to comply and be audited against one of the highest international security and privacy standards." Certain was audited by the Payment Security Company (PSC), who visited the company, analyzed the IT infrastructure, interviewed staff, and reviewed internal processes around security and confidentiality. 

As a meeting planner, choosing an audited PCI compliant vendor is crucial to success. Not only are there various penalties associated with using a non-PCI compliant vendor, but gateway access can also be terminated by Credit Card companies if the payment gateway isn't compliant. The most important aspect of using a PCI compliant vendor though, is providing a safeguard for customer data. "Achieving level one PCI compliance has been an extremely high priority for us these past few months," explains Certain's CEO Peter Micciche. "As the leader in Event Management solutions globally, it is crucial to set the highest standard for our privacy and security initiatives. Our customers rely on us to handle private information securely, and we want the highest degree of protection available against fraud. We continually invest in our data centers, infrastructure, and people."

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About Certain Software® Inc.
Certain Software is the leading provider of event management solutions for the global meetings and events industry. Certain's innovative solutions deliver to meeting and event professionals streamlined processes, reduced expenses, greater return on investments, and improved overall value of meetings and events. Certain's event management solutions support a full range of events -- from small meetings and educational sessions, to large conferences and world events. Headquartered in San Francisco, Certain has operations and sales offices in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. Please visit

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