SecureConnect® Announces Roll Out of Online Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) Submission Tool

Enhancing current portal offerings, BHI Advanced Internet now features an online SAQ submission tool as part of its SecureConnect® services to assist merchants in self-evaluating their compliance.

Eden Prairie, MN, February 12, 2010 --( Unmatched in performance, flexibility and value within the industry, SecureConnect® has further positioned itself as the preferred PCI compliance solution by adding an online Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) submission tool. Several brands, including Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas, have already implemented the submission service, noting its ease-of-use and functionality.

The SAQ was developed by the PCI Security Standards Council as a tool to help merchants review and ultimately validate their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Since the standard was developed in 2006, all merchants that process, store, or transmit cardholder data must adhere to the requirements detailed in the PCI DSS. To ensure compliance with these requirements, merchants that are not required to undergo an on-site review must validate compliance by completing an annual SAQ.

Covering numerous aspects of information security, it can be a challenge for a merchant to understand and implement the security initiatives detailed in the PCI DSS. It is quickly learned that the process of validating compliance is much more involved than simply completing and submitting the SAQ to their acquiring/merchant bank. To simplify this complex process, SecureConnect® offers comprehensive PCI compliance services that include a fully featured and managed firewall, logging and reporting, quarterly vulnerability scanning, file integrity monitoring and access to the mySecureConnect customer portal. In addition to these offerings, the comprehensive solution has further increased its value for customers by providing the Self-Assessment Questionnaire Submission Tool through the SecureConnect® portal.

“The introduction of the submission tool has been extremely well received by our customers” said Kristyan Mjolsnes, Director of Marketing at BHI Advanced Internet. “Rather than going online and navigating through the process alone, business owners can easily fill out and submit their SAQ through the portal.” Available as part of the easyPCI packages or as a standalone service, the submission tool is accessible for all SAQ validation types (A, B, C, and D).

“The SecureConnect® submission tool is unique because it provides users with an organized approach for completing the necessary SAQ components” said Joel Fusco, National Account Executive at BHI Advanced Internet. The online service features a seamless three step process that provides resources and guidance to properly complete the SAQ. Additional features include an archived SAQ history that makes next year’s submission easier, a print and electronic submission options, comprehensive instructions and helpful hints throughout the document, and the ability to print a finalized SAQ.

The online submission tool is the first of many developments to be released within the SecureConnect® portal this year. As an innovative leader and single-source provider of PCI compliance services, BHI makes it easier for owner/operators to implement, maintain and monitor their network. “Our goal is simplify the compliance process by providing centralized access to resources like the online SAQ submission tool through the mySecureConnect portal” Mjolsnes said.


About BHI Advanced Internet, Inc. provider of SecureConnect®:

BHI Advanced Internet is a leading Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), offering a wide-range of Internet security, managed network, and PCI compliance services to the multi-site retail industry. Ranked the #18 MSSP worldwide by MSPmentor magazine in 2009, the company has experienced double digit revenue growth each of the past five years. SecureConnect®, BHI’s innovative flagship service, provides reliable, secure and PCI compliant networks at thousands of locations for leading retail brands across the U.S. and Canada.
BHI Advanced Internet, Inc. provider of SecureConnect
Kristyan Mjolsnes