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Travelport Launches PCI DSS Certification Tool for IATA Agencies

Travel commerce platform Travelport has made its online PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) certification referral program, supported by SecurityMetrics, available to all International Air Transport Association (IATA) agencies.

The innovative online Wizard Tool was initially launched by the company last month to exclusively help its agency customers achieve PCI DSS compliance as smoothly and effectively as possible.

“This type of initiative… supports IATA’s rollout of the New Generation Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS) initiative, which represents the most extensive modernization of IATA’s Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) since its creation in 1971,” said IATA senior vice president financial and distribution services Aleks Popovich. “I am also pleased that Travelport has agreed to now make this PCI DSS certification tool and referral program available to all IATA BSP agencies globally,” he added.

By March 2018, any IATA agent that accepts card transactions against its own merchant agreement or issues BSP card transactions, is required to provide proof of PCI DSS compliance to IATA. The PCI DSS certification referral program provides travel agencies with an online Wizard Tool to guide them through the self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) process and enable them to obtain PCI DSS certification. Multi-language support is also available, as is customer support to hand hold agents through the online process.

“The PCI DSS certification program is testament to our commitment to support all businesses in our industry operate within a compliant environment and adhere to regulations,” said Alexandra Fitzpatrick, VP of Travelport Global Payment Solutions.

With the help of the SecurityMetrics team, level three and four category merchants, processing fewer than one million card transactions annually, can now start PCI DSS assessment online.

Travelport operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.

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