SoftTouch, LLC (www.softtouchpos.com), a point of sale (POS) technology provider focusing on maximum security and peak efficiency solutions for the hospitality industry, today announced it has once again been validated for the Payment Card Industry’s latest security standards (PA-DSS v3.2) released earlier this year.
Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) is the global security standard created by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council. The aim of PA-DSS is to set standards for software developers to protect against cyber security threats such as credit card data theft, malware, and malicious data breaches.
To pass the audit SoftTouch POS had to meet 14 compliance protections representing 300 standards. The 300-point PA-DSS inspection ensures credit card data is safe. In particular, the SoftTouch point of sale software has been validated to protect cardholder data by providing authentication features, securing payment applications, protecting wireless transmissions, encrypting data over networks, defending against malware, and more. SoftTouch POS was once again placed on the official list of PA-DSS-compliant applications after an independent auditor, Coalfire Systems, completed the validation process for the SoftTouch POS system. Coalfire Systems is a respected leader in cyber risk management and compliance services and is a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) for the Payment Card Industry.
“We go through the extensive process of PA-DSS validation, and have always maintained our validation, because it’s not only a best practice initiative for the industry we’re in, but also it’s the right thing to do for our SoftTouch POS clients and their customers,” said Michael Paycher, President of SoftTouch. “Cyber security vulnerabilities may occur anywhere in the credit card processing ecosystem. Any business conducting credit card transactions should double-check that their vendors and systems are validated by the PCI.”
For more information on PA-DSS please visit the PCI Security Standards Council.