ScanAlert and ShopSite Unveil One Click PCI Compliance for ShopSite Merchants at No Added Cost
LexiConn and YourHost.com Become First Web Hosts to Deliver Free PCI Security Compliance to SME Market
NAPA, CA -- (Market Wire - Apr 12, 2005) -- "One Click Compliance(TM)," a new integrated E-commerce service from ShopSite and ScanAlert, will enable tens of thousands of online merchants using ShopSite's shopping cart application to become automatically compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard at no additional cost. One Click Compliance is the first data security program offered through web hosts which provides free and easy-to-use "automated" PCI compliance certification to online merchants.
Jointly developed by ShopSite, a leading provider of E-commerce solutions to small and mid-sized (SME) online merchants, and ScanAlert, the world's largest web site security certification service, One Click Compliance ensures that merchant transactions -- from web site and shopping cart to the payment gateway -- are certified to meet the PCI security standard.
LexiConn Internet Services, Inc., one of the first web hosts to deploy the system, estimates that over 700 of its E-commerce merchants can qualify, while another ShopSite vendor, YourHost.com, estimates that several hundred of its online merchants qualify.
"SME merchants can now easily and without added expense achieve the full potential of Internet E-commerce within a secure web site that is fully compliant with payment card industry requirements," said David Hills, CEO, ShopSite. "Web hosts can confidently recommend ShopSite's E-commerce solution to their merchants because ScanAlert will certify the merchant's business practices, web sites, web hosting infrastructure, and the ShopSite shopping cart to meet the PCI standard at no cost."
"The integration of ScanAlert's One Click Compliance service and ShopSite's application delivers the first easy-to-use and no cost PCI compliance option to the SME market," said ScanAlert CEO Ken Leonard. "This brings the payment card industry security requirements within the reach of tens of thousands of SME merchants, and reduces the difficulties acquiring banks have in implementing compliance throughout their portfolio."
One Click Compliance Overview
One Click Compliance is comprised of the following PCI compliance components:
1. Certification of the Merchant's Business Practices
Participating merchants use a simple interactive online application to assist them in completing the annual PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
2. Certification of ShopSite's Shopping Cart Application
ScanAlert performs quarterly scans of ShopSite's shopping cart software and all other applications installed on the merchant's web site, plus any other network devices used by the merchant to collect, process or store payment card data.
3. Certification of the Web Hosting Infrastructure
ScanAlert scans and certifies participating web hosts' entire web server infrastructure for PCI compliance on a daily basis, ensuring the very highest standards of network security to protect card holder data from unauthorized access.
More information on One Click Compliance, other compliance services, and related partnership programs can be found at www.ScanAlert.com. More information about the PCI Standard is available at https://sdp.mastercardintl.com/.
Web Host Benefits
ScanAlert enables ShopSite to deliver One Click Compliance to web hosts, allowing them to provide their ShopSite enabled E-commerce merchants with certified assurance that their credit card transactions are processed according to the PCI Data Security Standard at no additional cost to the merchant.
SME Merchants (PCI program Level 2, 3 and 4 merchants) that use ShopSite's popular shopping cart application can now apply through their web hosts to automatically certify their PCI compliance through an easy-to-use online form. Ease-of-use and no added cost bring the service within reach of all merchants, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access to the credit card data, and the risk of fines for non-compliance with the PCI standard.
Acquiring Bank Benefits
One Click Compliance provides acquiring banks that underwrite and manage thousands of SME merchants with an accessible and cost free service that overcomes many of the compliance barriers faced by most merchants, thereby reducing the risk of non-compliance within their portfolio.
ShopSite, Inc. is a private company based in Orem, Utah, and has provided electronic commerce software for the small- to medium-sized business since 1996. The company's software is an online catalog and shopping cart system that is extremely powerful and easy to learn. With ShopSite software, merchants can manage their online stores entirely, regardless of their technical background-there's no HTML coding required.
ShopSite is sold by hundreds of reseller partners, including hosting companies such as GoDaddy, Bluehost, LexiConn, pair Networks, HostMonster, and YourHost.com. Merchant web sites using ShopSite include: Tony Packos, e- Wedding Bands, MyBambino, W+S Water Safety Europe GmbH and thousands of others.
The ShopSite family includes five products:
A comprehensive list of features in all ShopSite products can be found at www.shopsite.com/scchecklist.html.
ShopSite is server-based software that works with existing Web browsers, which means that merchants do not need to download or install anything on their desktop in order to create and manage a ShopSite store. Merchants can preview a demo version of ShopSite and obtain pricing information by visiting www.shopsite.com.
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