Ingenico gains MasterCard POS terminal security approval

Source: Ingenico

Ingenico, a worldwide provider of electronic payment and secure transaction solutions, has obtained PTS (POS Terminal Security) approval from MasterCard for its entire product range based on the UNICAPT platform.

This achievement certifies the compliance of Ingenico's IP-enabled solutions with MasterCard's new international security standards. In addition to guaranteeing the security of any data exchanged, it also demonstrates that Ingenico's terminals are protected at IP level from attempts at intrusion or to steal confidential information.

The PTS program was launched by MasterCard in 2006 in a bid to make IP-enabled communications secure. As a key player in the secure electronic transactions industry, Ingenico was involved in the program right from the start and even gave MasterCard the benefit of its expertise on the subject.

To obtain PTS approval, Ingenico's terminals were subjected to strict testing to prove that communications are secure when encrypted data are transmitted between the payment terminal and a remote server. The audit was carried out by T-Systems GEI, an independent laboratory approved by MasterCard, and concerned the IP "components and services" of the UNICAPT 32 architecture shared by all Ingenico ISeries terminals.

Didier Sérodon, Chief Marketing Officer at the Ingenico Group and Member of the Executive Committee, had this to say about the achievement: "Our clients are stepping up their demands in terms of IP-enabled terminals that allow them to reduce their communications costs and speed up transaction times. Ensuring the security of these IP networks is therefore a higher priority for us than ever before and our PTS certification from MasterCard represents a guarantee for our clients that their transactions will be carried out in conformity with the strictest security standards."

Ingenico plays an active role in addressing the issues surrounding transaction security. According to Didier Sérodon, "The Ingenico Group intends not only to comply with security standards such as EMV, PCI PED and PTS etc., but also to go beyond these standards by anticipating the problems that fraud may cause in the future and by constantly enhancing the hardware and software security of its terminals."

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