Sage North America has partnered with security andpayment compliance management provider Trustwave to help small to midsizedbusinesses facilitate their Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS) compliance efforts.

PCI DSS is a requirement for all entities that store,process or transmit cardholder data that has been endorsed by all the majorcard brands.

Sage is encouraging SMBs to use Trustwave's TrustKeeper3.0 Web portal compliance validation service, as well as its TrustKeeper Agent,which helps ensure merchants aren't storing unencrypted cardholder data.TrustKeeper also helps SMBs schedule required scans and receive their PCI DSScompliance certificate.

"As a focused leader in payments security, Sage istaking a proactive position on PCI compliance," Greg Hammermaster,president of Sage Payment Solutions, Sage's payments division, said in astatement. "Trustwave's industry-leading compliance portal helpsbusinesses further secure their payment environment with little investment intime or money. We're happy to use our buying power to bring down the cost andcomplexity for any SMB to be validated PCI DSS compliant."

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