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     EUGENE, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 2008--Prime Factors, Inc., announces release of Bank Card Security System (BCSS) version 3.0 to support the latest EMV2000 specifications for smart cards (also called chip cards).
     The name EMV comes from the initial letters of Europay, MasterCard and VISA, the three companies which originally cooperated to develop the chip card standard.
     Prime Factors’ version 3.0 insures that customers who issue chip cards stay current with security standards established by EMV. BCSS is middleware used by companies who issue credit, debit, prepaid and chip cards.
     Banks, bankcard processors, retail chains and card manufacturers use BCSS to process encrypted keys, public key certificates, and card security codes. It generates magnetic-stripe personalization codes such as CVV, CVC, CSC and PINs.
     The BCSS database stores encrypted 3DES keys and RSA public/private keys used to support EMV2000 processing for chip cards.
     BCSS is compatible with Thales Host Security Modules (HSMs) to provide the most secure environment for card processing. BCSS reduces the burden of maintaining and upgrading custom code and eliminates the need to know proprietary host commands for the Thales HSM 8000.
     In addition, BCSS includes a configuration program to facilitate the creation, tracking and verification of cryptographic keys and security options defined by Visa, MasterCard, and American Express standards. It also includes a card utility program to format cardholder information to create personalization card data and PIN mailers.
     Prime Factors’ customers include some of the largest card producers and issuers in the business including TSYS, Alliance Data and First Data. Prime Factors works with these leading companies and others to keep BCSS ahead of any changes to security standards.
     About Prime Factors
     Prime Factors provides products, along with personalized support, to companies that need to implement security the right way. More than 1,000 banks, corporations and government organizations use Prime Factors’ software to guard sensitive information from internal and external threats. Our security and data encryption software reflects the knowledge and experience gained since 1981 when the company was founded. For more information, please visit our website at
    Prime Factors, Inc.Lawson
    State Keywords: OregonIndustry Keywords: Technology; Security; Professional Services; Banking; FinanceSource: Prime Factors, Inc.

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