Bluefin announced today that it has partnered with PCI University to provide an educational PCI compliance suite to Bluefin’s U.S. and Canadian merchant base. PCI University specializes in breaking down the complexities of PCI DSS into plain English, providing merchants with an innovative tool to assess their own risk (no technical expertise required), and put in place a personalized action plan to ensure PCI compliance.
Bluefin is a participating organization (PO) of the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) and was the first company in North America to receive PCI validation for a P2PE Solution in March 2014. The company specializes in security technology for payments and now offers three PCI-validated P2PE products, including PayConex P2PE Enhanced Gateway; Decryptx, which enables P2PE for Enterprises and Tier 1/2 Merchants with no change to acquiring relationships; and the QuickSwipe mPOS P2PE solution.
Through the partnership, Bluefin will provide their merchants with online resources from PCI University, including “Bob’s PCI Surprise”, an easy-to-understand animated video that helps merchants grasp the basics of PCI DSS and their relationship with banks and point-of-sale companies, and the PCI-Q Risk Assessment Tool™, a no-fee self-assessment that determines how vulnerable a merchant is to data security breaches.
“We are thrilled to partner with PCI University,” stated Jeff Schroeder, Chief of Marketing & Strategy, Bluefin. “PCI compliance is engrained in our DNA at Bluefin, and being able to arm our clients with industry-leading PCI awareness and educational tools powered by PCI University fits with our goal of providing the best security solutions and tools available to meet PCI compliance requirements.”
“We consider ourselves experts in engaging small to mid-sized businesses on the issue of PCI compliance. In under 15 minutes on our platform a business owner is not only educated on the importance of PCI DSS, but their specific level of risk and the steps needed to quickly become PCI compliant,” says Charles Hoff, CEO of PCI U, who worked on identity theft issues as a former senior vice president at Equifax Inc. and served on the board and as general counsel for the Georgia Restaurant Association.
“Providing innovative, industry-best PCI resources to merchants is our mission, and partnering with Bluefin allows us the opportunity to do just that. Bluefin shares our passion in the importance of PCI compliance, and this is the perfect platform to share our knowledge and solutions,” added Hoff.