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Mercator Report Finds End-to-End Encryption Relieves Costly PCI Compliance Burden

End-to-End Encryption Heralded as Best Route to PCI Scope Reduction;  EMV Seen as Too Far Off and Not a Complete Solution for Card Data Security September 27, 2010 San Jose, CA

A new research brief from the Mercator Advisory Group reveals that merchants can more easily comply with and reduce the cost of Payment Card Industry (PCI) requirements -- which currently amounts to more than $2 billion annually -- by deploying a payment card encryption infrastructure.

Sponsored by Verifone Systems, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) and Transaction Network Services, Inc. (NYSE: TNS), Mercator’s report concludes that with card data encryption “merchants are, at last, in a position to [eliminate] a big chunk of their ongoing compliance costs and to get off of the PCI treadmill.”

Authored by George Peabody, Director of Mercator Advisory Group's Emerging Technologies Advisory Service, the report says end-to-end infrastructure is no longer a “difficult-to-manage” task and can be implemented as a system or through managed services.

“Today’s encryption toolkit of POS terminals, software, secure network and decryption services means merchants no longer have to assume the same level of risk and responsibility for information security, exposure to breach-related fines and fees, and enterprise-wide PCI compliance audits,” Peabody says.

The report notes there is much “misinformation swirling around payment card security,” in particular the expectation by some that deployment of the EMV smartcard standard in the U.S. could solve all card security issues. Noting that realization of EMV in the U.S. “will take five to ten years of patience,” Mercator’s Peabody states that EMV “is not an entirely secure solution” and “cannot plug all the holes in a multi-channel world.”

Peabody asserts that “today’s card-number encryption technology is deployment-ready and effective” and that waiting for a smartcard-based approach “exposes merchants to unacceptable costs and losses for many years.”

The report, “The Encryption Imperative: Card Payments, PCI and Protecting Cardholder Data,” is available for download at

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About TNS
Transaction Network Services (TNS) is a leading global provider of data communications and interoperability solutions.

TNS offers a broad range of networks and innovative value-added services which enables transactions and the exchange of information in diverse industries such as retail, banking, payment processing, telecommunications and the financial markets.

Founded in 1990 in the United States, TNS has grown steadily and now provides services in over 40 countries across the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, with our reach extending to many more. TNS has designed and implemented multiple data networks which support a variety of widely accepted communications protocols and are designed to be scalable and accessible by multiple methods.

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About Mercator Advisory Group
Mercator Advisory Group is the leading, independent research and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the payments and banking industries. We deliver pragmatic and timely research and advice designed to help our clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Our clients range from the world's largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants and associations to leading technology providers and investors.

About Verifone Systems, Inc. (
Verifone Systems, Inc. (“Verifone”) (NYSE: PAY) is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. Verifone provides expertise, solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare vertical markets. Verifone solutions are designed to meet the needs of merchants, processors and acquirers in developed and emerging economies worldwide.