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    PCATS to Host Industrywide Meeting With its New Data Security Standards Committee

    C-store industry invited to participate in conference call covering security-related issues.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) will host a kick-off meeting for its newly established Data Security Standards Committee to address security-related issues specific to the petroleum/convenience retail channel, the organization stated.

    The call will take place Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. EDT.

    All petroleum and c-store industry professionals are invited to attend the call, which will be moderated by PCATS Data Security Standards Committee Chair Gray Taylor, who is also NACS' card payments consultant.

    "The preliminary meeting of the PCATS Data Security Standards Committee will ascertain the industry’s key data security drivers, establish short-term committee goals and lay out a plan to meet the objectives to help position members in the forefront of data security-related issues," said Bob Sleeper, director of technology of The Rutter’s Cos., who also serves as the PCATS Implementation Committee chair.

    The PCATS Data Security Standards Committee is charged with:

    -- Providing the industry with a technical focal point on data security and data security standards/mandates;

    -- Keeping abreast of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) initiatives and providing clear guidance on best practices and deadlines;

    -- Determining the impact of data security standards on all existing PCATS standards;

    -- Identifying and implementing promising data security technologies brought forward by committee members that further meaningful data security in the c-store industry;
    -- Establishing data security standards best practices that leverage and secure the significant IT investments made by the c-store industry; and

    -- Minimizing industry investment and uncertainty around security mandates by taking an active role in creating retail data security standards.

    "Card companies and PCI have issued far-reaching security mandates to retailers, intended to help secure consumer card and transaction data. Our industry’s cost of complying with these mandates will exceed $3 billion -- not including fines for non-compliance," said PCATS Electronic-Business-to-Business Committee Chair Alvin Fortson, who is also director of network systems development for The Pantry Inc. "As retailers, we share the goal of providing our customers a safe and secure card payment infrastructure. This committee will further this goal by providing concise, cost-effective solutions that are needed for retailers of all sizes to reduce and eliminate security risks."

    To participate in the conference call, dial (866) 321-0159, and enter the PIN 207104#.

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