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ControlScan Validates AGR Group as a PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider

Energy telemarketing specialist creates a "competitive edge" with PCI compliance

ATLANTA, Aug. 29, 2013 - Payment security and compliance solution provider ControlScan announced today that its Security Consulting Services (SCS) team has issued a Report on Compliance (RoC) verifying that Santa Ana, Calif.-based AGR Group, Inc. has successfully met all requirements associated with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). AGR Group can now be recognized by the major credit card brands as a PCI-validated Level 1 Service Provider to the energy industry.

AGR Group is a sales and services organization operating three U.S.-based call centers, providing outbound sales and inbound customer care support to some of the largest energy suppliers in North America. The company's strong growth in recent years created a natural evolution of its business strategy that included the pursuit of PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider status.

"PCI compliance gives us a competitive edge as we continue to expand our business into new service areas," said Adolfo Quintero, chief operating officer, AGR Group. "We can now provide our clients with the assurance that all payment card data is handled according to industry standards. The ControlScan security consulting team was very efficient and easy to work with, and their hands-on guidance was invaluable in helping us achieve our compliance objectives."

The ControlScan SCS team is comprised of PCI Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) and other data security experts specializing in PCI compliance for high-risk merchants and merchant service providers. The team works with a variety of organizations, from technology firms developing applications that handle cardholder data, to merchants who have grown their operations to include providing payment-related services to others, to services organizations that routinely manage large volumes of sensitive data. The comprehensive services provided to AGR Group included a gap analysis, penetration testing, and QSA auditing and reporting.

"AGR Group's Level 1 Service Provider status means that their clients and business associates can trust them with their payment card data," said Steve Robb, senior vice president of products and services, ControlScan. "In today's hyper-connected environment, that level of service is business critical."

"We couldn't have asked for a better partner than ControlScan in this effort," said Matt Judkin, president, AGR Group. "They went above and beyond to educate us on exactly how to reduce the scope of cardholder data in our business systems, giving our internal team the ability to successfully maintain PCI compliance while significantly reducing our associated long-term costs."

About ControlScan
Headquartered in Atlanta, ControlScan delivers unified security and compliance solutions that help small and mid-sized businesses secure sensitive data and comply with information security and privacy standards. We support business owners, franchisees and merchant service providers with technology, services and expertise for PCI DSS, HIPAA and EI3PA compliance; vulnerability detection and risk mitigation; POS, e-commerce and mobile security; and more. For more information, please visit ControlScan.com or call 1-800-825-3301.

About AGR Group
AGR Group, Inc. is a privately held sales and services organization dedicated to the energy industry. It operates call centers in Santa Ana, Calif., Clearwater, Fla., and Las Vegas, as well as several field offices across the country. In addition to telesales services, AGR Group and its companies provide door-to-door energy sales, commercial energy brokerage and consultation, and lead generation and data services. For more information, visit www.agrgroupinc.com or call 1-800-457-1181.