Bluefin and Cardknox Provide Secure, Point-to-Point Encryption

Published on March 12 of 2019

Atlanta and Lakewood, N.J. (March 12th, 2019) Bluefin, the leading provider of payment security technologies and PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solutions for retail, hospitality, healthcare, and higher education today announced its partnership with Cardknox. Through this partnership, users of the Cardknox omnichannel payment gateway will benefit from Bluefin’s PCI-validated P2PE solution.

Cardknox specializes in developer-friendly payment solutions that can be seamlessly integrated with a wide variety of hardware and software for access to in-store, online and mobile payment processing. The company’s omnichannel payment processing gateway serves thousands of merchants in the retail, restaurant, grocery and municipality verticals, to name a few.

Bluefin’s PCI-validated P2PE technology secures credit and debit card transactions by encrypting all data within a PCI-approved point of entry device. This prevents clear-text cardholder data from being available within the device, or in the merchant’s system where exposure to malware is possible. Data decryption always occurs offsite in a Bluefin hardware security module (HSM), ensuring the highest level of security.

“2018 closed out with 1,200 data breaches in the U.S. and a record-setting 450 million consumer records compromised,” said Greg Cornwell, head of global sales for Bluefin. “Fraudsters do not discriminate between industries – they go for the lowest-hanging fruit, whether that is hacking into a small business or compromising a major retailer through a third party. The breaches of 2018 demonstrate that it is crucial for companies of all sizes to employ security technologies, such as P2PE, that devalue the data.”

Bluefin enables PCI-validated P2PE on partner platforms using their Decryptx® Decryption as a Service (DaaS) product, which allows gateways, ISV’s, and processors to connect directly to Bluefin for the P2PE service.

Yanky Weiss, CEO of Cardknox, stated, “Bluefin is the industry leader and forerunner when it comes to providing P2PE-certified solutions, and it’s a privilege for us to partner with them and witness their innovation and expertise first-hand. This valuable partnership makes us one of the first payment gateways on the market to offer support for a wide variety of P2PE-certified solutions, and we look forward to seeing our clients benefit from Bluefin’s incredible technology.”

The benefits of the Bluefin and Cardknox P2PE solution include reducing PCI scope from 329 to 33 questions on the P2PE self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ), which in turn provides significant cost and efficiency savings; online management of the P2PE device process with Bluefin’s P2PE Manager®; and seamless integration with the Cardknox platform utilizing the P2PE-validated Ingenico iSC250, Verifone MX915, and ID Tech Augusta S payment terminals.

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