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ControlScan Helps Terra Dotta Protect Sensitive Information for Universities

Consultative approach to PCI DSS validation ensures a secure, compliant IT environment                                                                                           

ATLANTA, Aug. 6, 2015 -  ControlScan, a leading provider of unified data security and compliance solutions for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), announced today that higher-education software provider Terra Dotta, LLC has successfully met all qualifications as a PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider. ControlScan worked with Terra Dotta throughout this effort, helping them achieve a level of security and compliance that their customers can rely on.

Terra Dotta creates software solutions that enable universities and higher-education institutions around the globe to effectively and securely manage student enrollment data while streamlining the business operations that collect that information. More than 450 educational institutions trust the company’s solutions, which are primarily based on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model.

“As a provider of SaaS solutions in the higher-education space, we hear a lot of concern around the privacy and security of personal information,” said Garrett Christian, chief technology officer and co-founder, Terra Dotta. “Educational institutions are building up their compliance framework and want to ensure that the service providers they’re using are reputable businesses with good continuity plans and security practices.”

Recognizing the opportunity to become known as a trusted provider of secure SaaS solutions for higher education, Terra Dotta invested heavily in its infrastructure. A significant portion of this investment included evaluating and solidifying its own security and compliance, as well as the security and compliance of its vendors and suppliers.

ControlScan worked side-by-side with Terra Dotta to simplify their environment in a way that will create value for years to come. By taking a consultative approach, ControlScan helped Terra Dotta fully review its processes and technologies to reduce the organization’s scope of compliance and at the same time, ensure best-practices security.

 “It was evident from the start of our relationship that Terra Dotta takes the security of their IT environment very seriously,” said Olivia Rose Jenkins, director of security consulting for ControlScan. “Organizations that go for the Level 1 Service Provider designation, and successfully achieve it, are actively demonstrating their commitment to building and maintaining a strong security posture.”

As a result of their engagement with ControlScan, Terra Dotta is confident that their own applications—as well as those used by their service providers—are safe and secure for payment acceptance. In turn, Terra Dotta’s Report on Compliance (RoC) assures educational clients that their employees' and students’ sensitive data are optimally protected.

"We couldn't have asked for a better ally in our process of becoming PCI compliant,” said Christian. “Our ControlScan QSA was both an advocate for the data security standard and for our ability to keep doing business while doing what we have to do to be compliant."

A complete case study of the ControlScan – Terra Dotta security assessment engagement is available for free download on


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About Terra Dotta

Over 450 educational institutions and businesses trust Terra Dotta software to manage their application process and streamline their operations. Terra Dotta is committed to effective process automation and the secure management of data. Flexibility and robust features have made our software essential to all types of organizations. Terra Dotta's international education roots and innovative software capabilities serve the complex needs of many educational and business offices. For more information visit or call 877-368-8277.