SOURCE: Certain Software, Inc.

March 27, 2008 12:33 ET

Certain Software®, Inc. Joins PCI Security Standards Council as Newest Participating Organization

Online Registration Leader to Participate in Key Standards Setting Body Protecting Payment Cardholder Data

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Certain Software, Inc., the leading provider of online registration software as a service (SaaS) for the meetings and events industry, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organization. As a Participating Organization, Certain Software will work with the Council to evolve the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protection standards.

The PCI DSS, endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity. More information on the council and the standard can be found at

As a Participating Organization, Certain Software will now have access to the latest payment card security standards from the Council, be able to provide feedback on the standards and become part of a growing community that now includes more than 400 organizations. In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, adhering to the PCI DSS represents an entity's best protection against data criminals. By joining as a Participating Organization, Certain Software is adding its voice to the process.

"The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data," said Bob Russo, General Manager of the PCI Security Standards Council. "By participating in the standards setting process, Certain Software demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal."

Certain's President and CEO, James A. Pappas, is excited about this new affiliation, remarking, "This is a continuation of our commitment to providing our customers the most secure online payment processing environment available. Participating in what the PCI Security Standards Council is doing to develop standards across the board helps us continue our leadership amongst online registration providers in protecting the online transactions of our customers."

About Certain Software, Inc.

Certain Software, Inc. specializes in providing innovative technologies used by meeting and event planning professionals, including its flagship application, Certain Registration™, designed for registering people and assets online. Certain offers hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) capabilities including event registration, event management, event website creation, training and reporting. Certain is the leader in setting the standards for security and data privacy, recently recognized as the first online registration company to attain the highest level of e-commerce security, Payment Card Industry Level 1 Compliance for Service Providers. Founded in 1994, Certain is a privately held corporation, headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit

About PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by fostering broad adoption of PCI security standards. For more information, please visit

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