Press Release

TransFirst Simplifies PCI Compliance Validation for Merchants with ControlScan SmartSAQ

ATLANTA, Feb. 27, 2014 - TransFirst, a leading provider of transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies, now offers its merchant clients SmartSAQ, the intuitive, easy-to-use and customizable PCI compliance validation tool from ControlScan, an industry-leading payment security and compliance company.

SmartSAQ is an interactive cloud-based application that simplifies completion of the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), an annual validation exercise that assists merchants and service providers who are not required to undergo an on-site data security assessment to self-evaluate their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). SmartSAQ guides merchants through a specifically-tailored set of questions that are relevant to their processing environment, which are accompanied by easy-to-understand help-text and pictures that clearly illustrate and explain key concepts.

"TransFirst is pleased to add SmartSAQ to the comprehensive list of products and services we provide to our merchants," says Craig Tieken, Executive Director-Product at TransFirst. "We believe that SmartSAQ will be a helpful PCI compliance tool and improve the merchant experience. The benefits to our merchants include a faster and more accurate completion and validation process that can help save them time and lessen frustration."

SmartSAQ is now fully functional on TransFirst's website, and merchant clients can log into their accounts to get started with their PCI compliance process.

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 or call 1-800-825-3301.

About TransFirst
A leading provider of secure transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies, TransFirst offers innovative products and services designed with financial institution, independent sales organization, healthcare, e-commerce, government and merchant customers' unique needs in mind. By collaborating with our customers and utilizing strong industry knowledge, we can help them grow their businesses. Founded in 1995, TransFirst continues to attain significant market share and world-class expertise in growing and profitable industry segments. Built on a platform of personal service, customer commitment and flexible pricing, TransFirst currently processes approximately $48 billion in annual sales volume for approximately 200,000 merchants and financial institution partners. For additional information, please call 800.745.2659 or visit