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ControlScan and Allifide Merchant Group Announce PCI Partnership

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For small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), the path to Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance can often resemble a rocky road. ControlScan, an expert provider of PCI compliance and security services, now smoothes that road for the merchants served by Allifide Merchant Group, a payment processing firm trusted by a national client base of hundreds of SMBs as well as more than 50 industry partners.

Data from ControlScan's recent survey of merchant acquirers shows that as SMB merchants' PCI compliance rates increase, the occurrence of a data breach decreases. The partnership between Allifide and ControlScan saves Allifide's merchants time and hassle—and reduces merchant confusion—with high-impact education and support services that guide them through each step of the PCI compliance process.

A longtime proponent of PCI partnerships, Allifide turned to ControlScan following an unsuccessful program with another service provider. According to Dan Henderson, president of Allifide, the previous program was “incomplete and failed to meet the unique needs of our higher-risk merchants.”

“We switched to ControlScan because of their expertise and proven success in helping SMB merchants achieve PCI compliance and maintain data security best practices,” said Henderson. “ControlScan's breach protection program is also a big plus, because it gives our merchants an additional safety net.”

Allifide receives real-time program information via ControlScan's PCI Dashboard, a powerful tool that provides complete visibility into each merchant's location on the path to PCI compliance, as well as compliance statistics at the portfolio level. ControlScan communications and support interactions with individual merchants are also tracked and displayed. In addition, a ControlScan relationship manager supports Allifide by monitoring program results and assisting with any necessary adjustments.

“It's rewarding to partner with organizations such as Allifide,” said Jethro Felton, executive vice president, sales and business development, ControlScan. “As we collaborate to help each SMB merchant through what would otherwise be a painful process, it's mutually gratifying to see them succeed.”

“This partnership gives us confidence that each merchant within our portfolio is in the right hands,” said Henderson.

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 www.controlscan.com or call 1-800-825-3301.

About Allifide Merchant Group

Allifide Merchant Group is a payment processing firm founded on the principles of honesty, integrity and reliability. Since its inception, Allifide has experienced an industry-low merchant attrition rate directly attributed to its dedication to provide the lowest rates and fees along with unparalleled customer service. The company has a national client base of hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses representing both high- and low-risk categories, including debt buyers and collectors, billing companies and various other industries that most processors wouldn't underwrite. Allifide is located in Buffalo, N.Y. and serves as an agent office for multiple processors and numerous underwriting banks. For additional information, please call 716-759-4456 or visit www.allifide.com.

ControlScan
Stacey Holleran, 678-279-2645
Sr. Public Relations Manager
sholleran@controlscan.com

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