CHICAGO, IL and AMMAN, JORDAN--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - Middle East Payment Services, a company dedicated to issuing and accepting mainly MasterCard payment cards, has selected Trustwave to provide Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance validation services. Trustwave is the leading provider of on-demand data security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and organizations throughout the world.

PCI DSS is the payment card industry security requirement for entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data, and has been endorsed by several major card brands -- Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, Discover Network, American Express and JCB.

To validate compliance with the PCI DSS, Middle East Payment Services will have to demonstrate compliance with 12 security requirements by thoroughly reviewing its IT environment and information security policies and procedures. Middle East Payment Services has enrolled in Trustwave's on-demand compliance management solution TrustKeeper® to access the necessary automated tools to support on-going compliance such as quarterly network vulnerability scans. Trustwave will also remediate any vulnerabilities to help ensure secure transactions for all the customers using their payment gateway.

"We understand that protecting card holder data is imperative for our organization and we're proud to be one of the first service providers to initiate the PCI DSS compliance validation process," says Naser Abu Ghazaleh, General Manager at Middle East Payment Services. "Trustwave has the expertise and technology to help secure our organization and their local presence, along with the support of their Middle East partner Dima Solutions, will help us through that process."

"Initiating PCI DSS compliance validation is just another example of the leadership role taken by Middle East Payment Services," says Robert J. McCullen, chairman and CEO of Trustwave. "Through our partnership, Middle East Payment Services will utilize the latest security solutions that are proven to help mitigate risk, secure their network environment and protect their customers' data."

"As the threat landscape continues to change, it's clear that security is critical to Middle East Payment Services," says Fayyaz Makhani, regional manager for Trustwave. "Trustwave's full suite of technology solutions will help protect cardholder data and maintain their compliance validation with the PCI DSS."

Contact Information: MEDIA CONTACT: Naser Abu Ghazaleh Middle East Payment Services + 962 6 4007201 Michelle Genser Trustwave +1 312 873 7288