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Payment Software from Squirrel Systems Certified by NetSPI as Compliant with Latest PA-DSS Standard.

POS Application for Food Services Passes New, More Rigorous Security Test

MINNEAPOLIS -- NetSPI, a leading information-security consulting firm, has been working with Squirrel Systems to ensure that its restaurant point-of-sale solutions comply with the latest security standard known as the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).

PA-DSS requires a new, more rigorous certification process to ensure that secure payment applications do not store prohibited cardholder data and are compliant with the overall PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

Squirrel Systems, a technology leader in restaurant point-of-sale systems, selected NetSPI to ensure that the Squirrel point-of-sale application complies with the PA-DSS best practices.

"Payment security is a top priority for Squirrel and why we came out of the gate with a strong encryption security foundation," said Joe Cortese, VP R&D at Squirrel Systems. "NetSPI was efficient and timely throughout the intense process, providing guidance and support to our team."

NetSPI, a Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA), tested Squirrel's version 1.55 against the 14 requirements of Version 1.2 of the PA-DSS. The tests were successful, and NetSPI certified the application as compliant and acceptable for new deployments.

Seth Peter, NetSPI CTO, said that "We are happy to help Squirrel Systems in this successful effort to validate its payment application. That in turn helps its customers comply with this important security standard."

About Squirrel Systems

Squirrel Systems is a full-service provider of point-of-sale solutions for the foodservice industry and has been making and selling in-store and enterprise management systems for restaurants, hotels and clubs since 1985. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Squirrel has also achieved Payment Card Industry (PCI DSS) certification and is known for easy-to-use ergonomic designs. In its 25 years of operation Squirrel has earned a reputation for innovation and excellence by meeting and exceeding the needs of more than 10,000 customers with over 50,000 installed workstations. As the first company to introduce touch-screen ordering into the restaurant market, it has a long track record as an innovator. To learn more about Squirrel, visit

About NetSPI

NetSPI, a privately held information-security consulting company, was founded in 2001. It focuses on several industries: finance, healthcare, retail, energy and education. The company's services include risk management, compliance with various federal laws and industry standards, internal and external security assessments, and the development of security programs. Clients include some of the nation's largest banks, retailers, hospitals, colleges and universities, and energy companies. More information is available at
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Date:May 14, 2009
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