SOURCE: SecurityMetrics

January 30, 2007 12:30 ET

SecurityMetrics Presents Unique Opportunity to Level 1 Merchants and Service Providers Seeking PCI Compliance

Internet Security Company Offers Level 1 Merchants and Service Providers Unlimited Network Scanning, Other Services, in Response to VISA's Announcement to Pledge $20 Million in Incentives to Encourage Industry Security Standards

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2007 -- On the heels of VISA USA's recent announcement to pledge $20 million in incentives to protect cardholder data and encourage industry security standards, Utah-based SecurityMetrics is offering a unique opportunity to all level 1 merchants and level 1 and level 2 service providers.

SecurityMetrics will offer all of the above groups in the USA, Canada and Europe, PCI compliant network scanning, for up to 10 IP addresses at no charge. The service, which boasts a retail value of $699 per IP address, covers a one-year time frame and is available for a limited time to the high level merchants and service providers who need to scan outward facing IP addresses for PCI compliance.

SecurityMetrics, founded in October 2000, offers businesses a comprehensive set of automated, online security services and hardware devices to help detect and repair security problems at reasonable prices. SecurityMetrics tests merchant Internet servers to determine if they comply with the PCI Data Security Standards which are currently required by all major payment card companies. The company prides itself on keeping costs reasonable, as well as making the process hassle-free.

VISA's new effort, known as the Visa PCI Compliance Acceleration Program (PCI CAP), is the first of its kind to provide positive reinforcement to the industry's traditional, fine-only approach, according to a recent press release. The program targets the acquirers responsible for the largest 1,200 merchants that each process more than one million Visa transactions a year and combined account for approximately two-thirds of Visa's U.S. transaction volume. The initiative's goal is to eliminate the storage of full-track data, CVV2 and PIN data, and expand PCI compliance among this group of high level merchants and service providers.

"VISA has done a landmark job by offering incentives for acquirers of merchants to become compliant," says Wenlock Free, Vice President of SecurityMetrics. "SecurityMetrics wants to help Level 1 merchants that are trying to become PCI compliant and qualify for PCI CAP benefits."

Free added that in addition to 12 months of free service, SecurityMetric's limited offer includes the following details: PCI approved external network scanning; and intelligent online PCI self-assessment questionnaire; automatic quarterly scans ; unlimited rescanning; unlimited calls to customer support; use of Site Certified logo; and automatic acquirer reporting.

SecurityMetrics has streamlined the merchant compliance process by offering free compliance consultation, automatic test scheduling, an intelligent online questionnaire, unlimited telephone support and easy acquirer reporting. The company is tested daily to ensure that high security standards are upheld.

For more information, or to take advantage of this special offer, contact SecurityMetrics at 801.705.5656 or For information on the Visa PCI CAP visit

About SecurityMetrics

SecurityMetrics, Inc. is a leading provider of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) security solutions. SecurityMetrics is certified to perform PCI Scans (ASV), PCI audits (QSA), software audits (PABP), penetration tests and forensic analysis. SecurityMetrics is a Qualified Payment Application Security Company (QPASC) and offers a security applicance with vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection and intrusion prevention functionality. SecurityMetrics is a privately held corporation headquartered in Orem, Utah. For more information contact Security Metrics at or call (801) 724-9600 or visit

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