University of Georgia Implements Merchant Link Encryption for Campus Hotel

The Georgia Center, a conference center and hotel on the campus of the University of Georgia (UGA), is working with Merchant Link, a cloud-based payment gateway and data security solutions provider, to install the company's TransactionShield point-to-point encryption solution ensuring customer data is secure from the moment their credit card is swiped.

"We have always sought to be aggressive when it comes to our approach to data security," said Corey Doster, the IT Director at the Georgia Center.  "Merchant Link solutions help us meet and exceed our PCI compliance requirements while removing the customer data completely from our premises.  The addition of TransactionShield provides another layer of security to protect our faculty, staff, students and campus visitors against theft and misuse."

The Georgia Center, which serves over 42,000 guests every year, has been a longtime customer of the Merchant Link Payment Gateway since August 2006. The conference center and hotel also deployed Merchant Link's TransactionVault tokenization solution last year with significant success. By combining the two solutions, the Georgia Center completely removed sensitive data from their systems.

The recent addition of the TransactionShield point-to-point encryption solution will extend the protection of customer data from the moment the credit card is swiped and as data travels through UGA's IT environment to the Merchant Link network. New credit card readers immediately encrypt credit card data and decryption does not occur until it reaches Merchant Link's cloud-based payment gateway. Once authorization is received, data is sent back to UGA's Micros OPERA Property Management System in the form of a token.

The implementation of TransactionShield at the Georgia Center is Merchant Link's first point-to-point encryption installation. Following the successful implementation at the Georgia Center, Merchant Link expects to rapidly deploy the solution to other hotel, restaurant and retail merchants around the country.


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