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eGov Strategies LLC Completes Annual PCI DSS Certification as a Level 1 Service Provider

Certification Recognizes eGov’s Compliance with Rigorous Security Standards

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 15, 2016) — eGov Strategies LLC, a leading software as a service provider of government-focused online payment, content management, and citizen engagement services, announced the successful completion of its annual Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance audit and its certification as a Level 1 Service Provider.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), the global gold standard of security certifications, was established by the payment card industry to help control and minimize credit card fraud while reducing the likelihood that sensitive account information is compromised. The standard has over 100 rigorous and rigid requirements that must be met, maintained, and validated annually by an external Qualified Security Assessor.

eGov completed its certification as a Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Level 1 Service Provider certification following a comprehensive audit of its technology, security, hosting environment and internal processes to ensure credit card data is stored, processed and transmitted in a secure and protected manner.

“eGov is committed to ensuring the security of payment transactions and cardholder information.” says Alan Pyrz, CTO of eGov. “We want our customers and their citizens to know we are dedicated to complying with and exceeding the requirements established in the PCI standards. eGov is focused on continuously improving our systems and operating practices to address evolving threats and changes to the PCI standards.”

In addition to eGov’s payment functionality and processes, the scope of the audit included eGov’s content management and citizen engagement tools. “We are now the only PCI-certified CMS provided in the world that I am aware of,” said Pyrz. “Obtaining our Level 1 certification is further confirmation that eGov is committed to providing our customers the highest level of protection in all our systems and products; not only for payment processing.”

Cardholder data security is one of the most significant issues facing the payment card industry. The PCI DSS is a multifaceted security standard that includes requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures. The PCI DSS best practices cover 12 categories of industry-wide requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures, that service providers must adhere to in order to safeguard sensitive data.

The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS), endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adopt information security controls and processes to ensure data integrity. Participating payment brands require PCI DSS compliance reports by a certified third-party assessor for onsite audits of merchants and service providers that process payment card transactions. More information on the Council and the standard can be found at www.pcisecuritystandards.org

“As a trusted partner to our government clients, safeguarding payment transaction information as well as other citizen and government information is our top priority,” said Charles James, Chief Executive Officer of eGov Strategies LLC. “Ensuring compliance with the PCI standards and keeping our PCI Certification up-to-date reflects our commitment to security and compliance for the protection of both credit card and other client information.”

About eGov Strategies LLC

eGov Strategies LLC is an Indiana-based software as a service firm that specializes in Enterprise Payment portals, Open Data, and comprehensive, online solutions that help to lower the cost of government, while engaging constituents, enhancing convenience and promoting the image of localities. View our innovative solutions and services at www.egovstrategies.com.                                                                                                             

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