MICROS Offers Its Customers a Greater Level of Security When Processing Credit Cards

  • Oracle Hospitality Food and Beverage Solutions
  • 02.27.12
MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS), a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is pleased to announce that it now offers Point-To-Point Encryption (P2PE) and Tokenization for its MICROS OPERA Enterprise Solution and MICROS Restaurant Enterprise Solution (RES) customers.

Utilizing Merchant Link TransactionShield and TransactionVault, customers using MICROS OPERA version or MICROS RES version 4.10+ and our new encrypting and tamperresistant card readers can obtain a greater level of security when processing payment card transactions, and reduce their Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) scope.

This newest generation of hardware-based encryption and Tokenization ensures that unencrypted payment card data is not processed, stored or transmitted on the MICROS OPERA or MICROS RES systems, as it is encrypted at the initial point of swipe using the new encrypting card reader. The encrypted credit card data is then securely transmitted to Merchant Link for decryption and processing. A token is generated by Merchant Link and returned to the MICROS OPERA or MICROS RES system where it is stored after authorization. This solution provides secure and cost effective protection against the increasingly common interception of cardholder data in-transit.

MICROS’s new P2PE and Tokenization solution has been implemented at many locations, including The Georgia Center, a hotel, conference, and continuing education learning facility for University of Georgia students, visitors, and the community. “Adding P2PE and Tokenization to our MICROS OPERA solution was the easiest and most cost effective way for us to satisfy and exceed our PCI compliance regulations,” stated Corey Doster, IT Director, The Georgia Center. “P2PE and Tokenization reduce our PCI-DSS scope and therefore eliminate some of the time consuming and costly steps that we needed to take to become and stay PCI compliant. It was very important for us to enhance our transaction security and protect our customers’ credit card data from potential threats. MICROS’s security offerings allow us to be proactive about potential threats, by preventing sensitive data from ever passing through our OPERA system.”

“Many credit card security compromises today involve the interception of unencrypted cardholder data in-transit,” stated Jim Walsh, Chief Information Security Officer, MICROS Systems, Inc. “MICROS’s new P2PE and Tokenization solution provide a robust and cost effective tool against this common method of theft. With strong, hardwarebased encryption at the initial point of swipe, the likelihood of a merchant cardholder data compromise is reduced. We are very pleased to offer our customers this powerful and cost effective solution, which provides significant security benefits, as well as reduces PCI-DSS scoping and compliance costs.”

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