SafeMerchant Payment Gateway Now Listed as a CISP Compliant Service Provider by Visa

Kansas City, MO, August 17, 2006 --( SafeMerchant Payment Solutions received an Acceptance of PCI Report on Compliance Letter from Visa this week indicating fulfillment and completion of a Visa U.S.A. Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) assessment.

The Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) establishes a set of 12 industry-wide requirements designed to protect sensitive information from being compromised. These requirements, which also include numerous sub-requirements, are directed at all businesses that store, process, or transmit cardholder information. The announcement demonstrates SafeMerchant’s commitment to protecting the confidentiality and integrity of cardholder data and personal data that make purchases using the SafeMerchant Payment Gateway.

SafeMerchant Payment Gateway was developed to meet and exceed the PCI requirements and best practices for Internet transactions. The PCI standard outlines the requirements and best practices for protecting cardholder data and has far reaching implications. Online merchants found in violation of PCI standards can be held liable for over $500,000 for a security breach; therefore PCI compliance for all 5 million U.S. merchants selling products online is vitally important.

Validation of compliance was conducted for by an independent, Visa-qualified auditor Solutionary, Inc. in July of 2005. SafeMerchant Payment Gateway customers cost-effectively conduct business online and promote their products and services with the assurance they are in compliance. Notable clients include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City and First National Bank of Kansas.

About SafeMerchant Payment Solutions, Inc.
SafeMerchant Payment Solutions, Inc. maintains a PCI Compliant gateway for small businesses, financial institutions, independent sales organizations, associations, community banks, merchants and retailers. SafeMerchant is compatible with all major shopping carts and can be integrated easily into a Windows or Linux-based website. SafeMerchant protects the personal data of millions of shoppers every day by meeting the highest federal and industry website security standards. For more information: or

Contact: Sales@SafeMerchant.Com
Phone: 866-263-6790

SafeMerchant Payment Solutions
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