Plan Canada and MasterCard have partnered with the intentions of economically empower 70,000 in Niger, Sierra Leone and Senegal with access to savings and loans services and financial literacy training. The $4.1 million program is the largest program to take place in West Africa. It offers those ages 15 to 25 an opportunity to lead and manage a savings-led community-based approach to microfinance. This program will be expanded over four years, while at least 70 per cent of the participating youth will be female. Along with the 70,000 youth that will benefit from the project, 340 trainers, 490 community volunteers, and 135 staff will also receive training to become important resources and change agents for youth-centered economic and social development.Details
Total Debt Relief offers consumers a free savings quote
via its website for credit card Debt Settlement.
In a debt settlement program, a debt management firm will negotiate on
behalf of the consumer or business in debt with their credit card
companies in order to achieve a mutually agreed upon settlement for a
reduced amount of the original debt owed. In most cases, in a typical
debt settlement, outstanding credit card debt is eliminated by up to 50
percent or more. This eliminated debt is essentially written off and
never needs to be repaid.
American Express and AIR MILES Reward Program announced an enhanced no-fee American Express AIR MILES Credit Card, redesigned to give consumers a faster way to earn AIR MILES reward miles on a no-fee Credit Card. The Card earns Cardmembers 1 AIR MILES reward mile for every $15 dollars in purchases charged to the Card at AIR MILES Sponsors and allows them to earn 1 reward mile for every $20 in purchases charged to the Card everywhere else. Reward miles in the Collector’s Account do not expire and can be redeemed for a variety of travel, leisure, entertainment, and merchandise options. And by using both their American Express AIR MILES Credit Card and their AIR MILES Collector Card, Cardmembers can “double dip” by shopping at thousands of Sponsor locations across Canada to earn reward miles from both the Sponsor and American Express. Cardmembers can also collect reward miles faster by combining their spending with free Supplementary Cards.Details
Algorithmic Research (ARX) digital signature and data security solutions
has introduced its “PrivateServer HSM” (hardware security module) with an EKM
plug-in at G. B Premium Financial Services. G. B Premium Financial Services
specializes in credit card clearance. Using ARXâs solution for
encrypting credit card information, G. B Premium has gained Payment Card
Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance.
ARXâs EKM plug-in for the PrivateServer HSM enables it to connect to
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 in a way that allows users to continue
managing data in the Server as they would regularly. The EKM
encrypts the data in the background to enable PCI DSS compliance.
The PrivateServer HSM also provides a wide
range of cryptographic operations, including PIN applications, EMV,
secure key storage, and secure application execution.
Compliance with PCI DSS is expected to become a
legal regulation in summer 2010 for organizations that process credit
card payments or otherwise manage cardholder information to prevent
credit card fraud.
Bridgevine has earned PCI DDS certification as a PCI Level I Service Provider, granted by the PCI Security Standards Council. This minimizes the companyâs business risk and protects their advertiser and affiliate partner brandsâ important financial processing information. The award is a testament to the high security measures put in place by Bridgevine, as it capped off an infrastructure strengthening initiative, and completed rigorous scans on firewall security and compliance. With this, Bridgevine must adhere to six core principles, including building and maintaining a secure network; protecting cardholder data and regularly monitoring and testing their networks. Bridgevine internet marketing acquires leads through search, e-tail and retail, and then offers consumers a variety of services and money-saving bundles from its expanding base of participating brands.Details
National Processing Company (NPC), one of the nationâs largest acquirers exclusively focused on the merchant processing market, has Class A certified the Hypercom “Optimum M4230” mobile payment terminal. With this certification, the high-performance, PCI-PED-approved “M4230” opens an important sales channel through NPCâs large customer base. The terminal features long-range GPRS with dial back-up, the industry’s top security certification, 32-bit multi-application processing for maximum transaction speed and 24MB memory that is two to three times larger than similar products to accommodate value-added applications such as check services. Kentucky-based NPC is the largest provider of payment processing services exclusively focused on the merchant processing market. It provides a wide range of payment processing services, from POS credit card processing to integrated e-commerce solutions.
Hypercom Global payment technology delivers high security, end-to-end electronic payment products, software solutions and services, addressing high security electronic transaction needs of its company in clients in more than 100 countries.
Secure identity solution provider HID Global has achieved a second level of certification through
the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). This
strengthens the companyâs role as an expert and trusted advisor on
issues related to U.S. and international privacy laws and information
management practices. As part of HID Globalâs value-added privacy service, the company assists
integrators, customers and other partners in the areas of privacy impact
assessments (PIAs) and other activities that mitigate privacy concerns.
The company also regularly contributes to the development and support of
public policies that safeguard individual privacy while fostering the
responsible use of identification technology. The IAPP confers the CIPP designation on individuals who have passed
a rigorous and comprehensive examination covering management techniques,
regulatory familiarity, privacy terms, and privacy protection case
studies. The CIPP designation confirms that its holder has achieved
understanding of key legal, technical and operational concepts and
applications in the handling of consumer information.
Mobile commerce provider Netsize has launched SaaS-based “mMarketing
V3.0” solution for corporate mobile messaging and mobile marketing campaigns.
mMarketing version 3.0 includes an optimized user interface that
simplifies campaign management, progress tracking and monitoring of
contacts making the solution very easy to use for even novice users.
Netsize mMarketing can be fully customized to fit a customerâs corporate
branding. Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs) are provided, which
enable the use of mMarketing by other software such as enterprise CRM
and ERP systems, email solutions and Web pages. Delivered as Software-as-a-Service, mMarketing does not require
installation, and all popular Web browsers are supported. mMarketing is
part of the Netsize SaaS Portal where customers manage their accounts,
access technical support and have tools at their disposal to analyze
messaging usage. Netsize is a subsidiary of Gemalto.
Global Cash Access Holdings will be presenting at the Sidoti&
Company Fourteenth Annual New York Emerging Growth Institutional
Investor Forum on Tuesday, March 23 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in
New York. GCA’s products and services provide
gaming patrons access to cash through a variety of methods, including
ATM cash withdrawals, point-of-sale debit card transactions, credit card
cash advances, check verification and warranty services, and Western
Union money transfers.
Wells Fargo and Visa have introduced “Rapid Alerts” for Wells Fargo Visa credit cardholders. Enabled by Visa’s transaction alerts platform, the “Rapid Alerts” free service allows consumers to better manage and track their spending while providing them with near real-time detection of potentially fraudulent activity. Sent on behalf of Wells Fargo directly from VisaNet, Visa’s global processing network, the alerts are typically initiated within seconds of a transaction. The “Rapid Alerts” are triggered when the transaction meets certain criteria previously selected by the Wells Fargo Visa account holder and delivered via text message or e-mail. Criteria for transaction alerts that cardholders may choose include transactions that exceed a chosen dollar amount; transactions initiated internationally; CNP transactions; cash withdrawals from an ATM machine; declined transactions; and gasoline transactions. The messages contain the amount, time and date of the transaction, as well as currency conversion and information relating to the merchant, such as name and location.Details
At this yearâs Monaco Grand Prix, Stratus Rewards Visa White Card has been named the Official Premium Credit Card & Rewards Program of the MY YACHT F1 Monaco at this yearâs Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, May 14th-16th. Stratus Rewards by-invitation-only lifestyle club and credit card rewards system was created expressly to support and enhance the affluent lifestyle. Santa Barbara based Stratus Media Group is an owner, operator and marketer of live entertainment and sporting events and is primarily focused on internal growth and acquisitions within the live entertainment-related market.Details
PCI compliance solution provider Panoptic Security’s “ExpertPCI” has
been awarded by Info Security Products Guide as the
winner of the 2010 Global Product Excellence Award in the compliance
category. “ExpertPCI” is a SaaS solution that helps businesses assess
whether or not they are PCI compliant and assists them through the PCI
SAQ process. Panoptic can support all sizes and types of businesses, but
its online web application was designed specifically for small to
mid-size businesses to make the PCI compliance process easier. Using
“ExpertPCI, merchants can quickly determine the right PCI Self
Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) appropriate for their business and
receive all the necessary documentation. This includes completed SAQ,
PCI compliance validation and reporting, a custom remediation plan,
custom security policy and an incident response plan. Panoptic Securityâs
solution is unique in the industry partly because of
its Vertical Specific POS Templates Program. This customized program
makes it possible for similarly grouped merchants, based on the POS
bundle, to achieve PCI compliance even easier and faster.