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GO Software Enhances Security of Product Portfolio, Engages Cardholder Information Security Program Audit Firm.

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Audited Software Helps Merchants Meet Compliance Requirements;

New GO Authorizer 4.0 First Product to Ship after Security Review

GO Software, Inc., a subsidiary of Return On Investment Corporation (OTCBB: ROIE) and a leading provider of point-of-sale (POS) payment processing software, announced at the Electronic Transaction Association's Annual Conference its decision to undergo an audit using Visa's Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) guidelines for merchants. The move is part of GO Software's overall goal of building a more robust, secure product portfolio that meets the needs of any merchant. Enterprise security advisor firm, Ambiron is conducting the audit.

In 2003, credit and debit cards accounted for 52 percent of all in-store transactions according to the American Bankers Association. For merchants, these types of transactions offer both opportunity and risk.

"Preliminary results of the audits have found that use of the GO Software applications would not prohibit a merchant from meeting CISP requirements when implemented into a secure environment, while in accordance with industry best practices," said Nicholas J. Percoco, associate partner, Ambiron.

For Merchants, CISP validation must be performed on any systems or system components where Visa cardholder data is processed, stored or transmitted, unless otherwise specified by Visa. Some of the validation requirements include maintaining a working firewall, updating security patches, protecting stored data, encrypting transmission of cardholder and sensitive data across public networks, using and updating anti-virus programs, assigning unique IDs to employees with computer access and tracking them, and changing vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and security measures. The certification also dictates that merchants regularly test security systems and processes, maintain information security policies for employees and contractors, and restrict physical access to cardholder data.

"We recognize that there are no official guidelines from the card associations for securing point of sale software, but we've taken a proactive approach to secure our products as much as possible," said Marco Mabante, vice president of compliance and integration, GO Software. "We plan to make the results of this audit available to our customers."

GO Authorizer 4.0, a Windows-based payment processing software solution for retail, mail order and telephone order, restaurant and e-commerce merchants, is the first of GO Software's products to undergo the CISP evaluation. The redesigned GO Authorizer 4.0 includes additional certification to Heartland's Exchange Platform. GO Software expects to ship GO Authorizer 4.0 at the end of April.

"Merchants have very specific and complicated compliance needs, and we plan to make meeting those needs that much easier," added Mabante. "After completing this audit, acquirers and card association members will know that the likelihood of a merchant reaching compliance with a GO Software application is much higher than with other software providers."

GO Software is the first POS software provider in its sector to proactively participate in a security audit using CISP guidelines.

About GO Software, Inc.

GO Software, Inc., a subsidiary of Return On Investment Corporation (OTCBB: ROIE), is a leading provider of point-of-sale (POS) payment processing software. More than 125,000 businesses use GO Software's solutions to process payments at high speed, expand tender types and lower credit card costs. GO Software provides payment processing solutions to meet the needs of any merchant, regardless of transaction volume, platform or sales environment. For more information about GO Software, visit or call (800) 725-9264.
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