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Heartland, Smart Card Alliance Team Up To Improve Data Security

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Payment processor Heartland Payment Systems is working with the Smart Card Alliance, a non-profit, multi-industry association that works to streamline smart card technology, to launch the National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security. The center is designed to help protect consumer privacy and accelerate the data security of payments and identity, by offering education on industry best practices and advances in security technology.

The center, located in Arlington, Va., will offer live and interactive workshops, courses and briefings. Some training and certification exam sessions include: 

  • CSCIP: The industry’s only standardized certification program that recognizes professionals who undergo training to gain technical knowledge and understanding of usage models for the smart card industry.
  • CSCIP/Payments: An extension of CSCIP that recognizes professionals who undergo training for advanced knowledge of payments usage models.
  • CSCIP/Government: An extension of CSCIP that recognizes professionals who undergo training for government-related identity and security usage models.
  • CSEIP: A program providing advanced training for integration engineers on how to set up and test electronic Physical Access Control Systems (E-PACS) to align with certifications required under the federal government’s PACS procurement specifications.

“Education is fundamental to improving the way the industry manages security,” said Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director of Smart Card Alliance, in a statement. “With this donation from Heartland Payment Systems, the Smart Card Alliance is able to greatly expand education and collaboration programs aimed at improving security across multiple markets and subject areas, including payment security, identity security and privacy protection, through face-to-face and online events and assets.”

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