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Data Compliance Solutions Firm CSR Granted US Patent for PCI ToolKit

CSR, a leading provider of award-winning data privacy solutions, today announced that the U.S. Patent Office and Trademark Office recognized the innovative nature of CSR’s PCI ToolKit™ questionnaire and attestation method, granting U.S. Patent No. 8,296,244 for the invention of that process.

The PCI ToolKit web application takes the headache and hassle out of complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a set of information security requirements endorsed by all credit card brands for entities that process, transmit and/or store payment card data.

“We engaged in an arduous five-year long process to obtain our patent, answering many questions and making a number of filings to achieve this milestone,” according to CSR President Rick Heroux. “In the end, the examiners at the United States Patent Office thoroughly vetted CSR’s system and method against patents and claims of similar inventions and determined that our system is truly one-of-a-kind.”

“We are proud to achieve this milestone, and assure our clients, colleagues and future clients that they can have confidence in our expertise to provide what is, to our knowledge, the only PCI compliance solution that is patented,” says Heroux.

The PCI ToolKit is designed for all merchants, small and large, to complete the annually mandated Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ). The PCI ToolKit eliminates the need to decipher complicated and confusing rules, regulations and forms, helping payment processors generate revenues while managing portfolio compliance.

Using sophisticated logic, the PCI ToolKit guides merchants through an automated SAQ, written in layman’s terms, presenting only questions pertinent to their particular business. Then it identifies areas of noncompliance, weakness and risk, automatically generating simply-worded policies and procedures, email reminders, and remediation instructions with deadlines, all while tracking progress on the merchant’s dashboard.

Product trials by members of the acquiring community confirm the Patent Office’s findings. The PCI ToolKit product is consistently selected as the unique, best-in-class solution for ease of use and achievement of PCI compliance.

CSR has several other patents pending including one for the CSR Breach Reporting ToolKit™ service, which provides straightforward, expeditious compliance with complex data breach notification rules and regulations for organizations of all types and sizes.

Acquirers, ISOs, payment processors, value-added resellers, franchisors and other associations interested in offering PCI ToolKit or CSR Breach Reporting ToolKit services to their merchants or members can email [email protected] or call 1-866-462-7774 for more information.

About CSR

CSR (Compliance Solutions and Resources) is the leading provider of data compliance solutions and expert services that helps businesses turn compliance into revenue both domestically and around the globe. We enable compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards and Personally identifiable information (PII) requirements while facilitating best practices to reduce the business risk and financial liability associated with the acquisition, handling, storage, sharing and disposal of data.

The company is a PCI Security Standards Council Participating Organization and is a member of Merchant Acquirers’ Committee (MAC), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Electronic Transactions Association, European Privacy Association, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HTFP) Association, and National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).

Founded in 1999, CSR is a privately held corporation headquartered in Jensen Beach, Fla. For more information, please contact CSR at 866.462.7774 or visit www.csrcorporate.com.

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