STAMFORD, CT--(Marketwire - October 12, 2010) - Protegrity, a leading provider of end-to-end data security solutions, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organization. In this capacity, Protegrity will work with the Council to evolve the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protection standards. 

The PCI DSS, endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity. More information on the Council and the standards can be found at

As a Participating Organization, Protegrity will now have access to the latest payment card security standards from the Council, be able to provide feedback on the standards and become part of a growing community that now includes more than 500 organizations. In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, adhering to the PCI DSS represents the best protection against data criminals. By joining as a Participating Organization, Protegrity is adding its voice to the process.

"The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data," said Bob Russo, General Manager of the PCI Security Standards Council. "By participating in the standards setting process, Protegrity demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal."

Protegrity CTO, Ulf Mattsson, stated, "We are happy to show our commitment to protecting customer data through joining the Council. Protegrity looks forward to collaborating with other Participating Organizations on shaping standards that will improve payment card data security practices across the industry." Ulf is a member of the PCI Security Standards Council Working Groups on tokenization, emerging technologies, scoping, virtualization and pre-authorization. 

About PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by driving education and awareness of PCI security standards. For more information, please visit

About Protegrity

Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Protegrity provides high performance, infinitely scalable, end-to-end data security solutions that protect sensitive information across the enterprise from the point of acquisition to deletion. The company's award winning software products span a variety of data protection methods, including end-to-end encryption, tokenization, masking and monitoring and are backed by several important data protection technology patents. Currently, more than 200 enterprise customers worldwide rely on Protegrity's comprehensive data security solutions to enable compliance for PCI-DSS, HIPAA and other data security requirements while protecting their sensitive data, brand, and business reputation. For more information, please log on to

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Media Contact:
Rod McLeod
Bateman Group for Protegrity
(415) 503-1818