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Newly Published ControlScan White Paper Educates Small Merchants On Top Five Data Security Best Practices

White paper designed to help small merchants become a less likely target for data thieves
ATLANTA, May 16, 2012 - ControlScan, an expert provider of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance and Security solutions for small to mid-sized merchants and the acquirers that serve them, has published a free educational white paper, entitled “The Top 5 Security Best Practices for Small Merchants.” The white paper is designed to help small merchants become a less likely target for data thieves by detailing security best practices they can easily and cost-effectively implement.

The annual ControlScan Level 4 Merchant Study has consistently found that not only are many small merchants unaware of their vulnerability to attack, they are complacent about the impact a breach can have on their business. These findings inspired ControlScan to create an educational white paper that combines awareness statements and detailed information to help small merchants navigate the intricacies of data security best practices.

“Small merchants represent the path of least resistance to data thieves,” said Steve Robb, Senior Vice President, Products and Services, ControlScan. “The Top 5 Security Best Practices white paper arms these merchants with a stronger awareness, as well as proven, easy-to-implement tactics for protecting their business.”

The ControlScan white paper cites several recent studies that reinforce the importance of small merchants’ understanding of PCI compliance and security, as well as the ramifications of a data breach. According to the white paper, “even the smallest data breach can have a business-ending result for the average merchant.”

“This is a very serious issue, and we approached it with that mindset,” said Robb. “Our significant experience working with Level 4 merchants and their acquiring banks helped us make this white paper a solid representation of the top five data security best practices small merchants can put in place to significantly reduce their risk of a breach.”

The free ControlScan white paper is available now and can be accessed at the following link: https://www.controlscan.com/whitepapers/top_5_security_best_practices.php.

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About PCI Compliance and Security Provider, ControlScan

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, ControlScan is the leading provider of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance and Security services designed to meet the unique needs of small to mid-sized merchants and the acquirers that serve them. The company’s flexible solutions, easy-to-use online tools and personalized support significantly simplify PCI and security for its clients. In addition, as an Approved Scanning Vendor and a Qualified Security Assessor, ControlScan is positioned to help merchants meet compliance requirements and maintain secure business environments for their customers. For more information about ControlScan and its cloud-based solutions visit controlscan.com or call 1-800-825-33

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