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SILVER SPRING, MD (April 10, 2014) - Merchant Link, a leading provider of payment gateway and data security solutions, is pleased to announce that TransactionShield® Point-to-Point encryption [P2PE] is available on MICROS RES, MICROS OPERA and MICROS Simphony 2 solutions in the US and Canada.

Merchant Link partnered with MICROS to develop an integrated solution that encrypts sensitive card data at the swipe on MICROS workstations or via external card readers. TransactionShield protects data in-flight from the point of interaction (POI) and as it travels through a merchant's IT environment.  Depending on the implementation, the POI may be an integrated, encrypting magnetic stripe reader in the workstation or an external reader that encrypts both keyed and swiped card data.  With TransactionShield, decryption does not occur until card data reaches Merchant Link's hosted payment gateway, therefore card-data is never present in the MICROS solution.  Combining TransactionShield with TransactionVault® tokenization eliminates the risk of malware skimming card-data from the MICROS solution or other environments within a merchant's IT infrastructure.

"Our continued partnership with Merchant Link allows us to provide both tokenization and point-to-point encryption to our clients, allowing them to focus on their business and not on the risks associated with credit card security," stated Jenny Kurdle, Executive Vice President of MICROS US & Canada.

TransactionVault® is a proven, cost-effective tokenization solution that removes cardholder data from a merchant's system and stores it in a secure, hosted "vault" - away from the business and safe from hackers. TransactionShield® encrypts cardholder data using industry-recognized standards and methods, rendering data unreadable and unusable to cyber criminals.  It utilizes cloud-based decryption, which prevents decrypted data from entering in your environment, and it integrates with any encrypting device, offering you flexibility in your hardware solutions.

"In our continued effort to provide MICROS clients with leading credit card data security, we are pleased to provide them the ability to make sound business choices when it comes to securing sensitive information.  Our partnership with MICROS continues to evolve as the payment industry, card brand associations and merchants demand more and more security.  We are happy to say our solution has been endorsed in opinion papers from two separate Payment Application Qualified Security Accessor's," stated Laura Meck, Executive Vice President, Merchant Link. 

Merchant Link's security solutions include TransactionVault® [tokenization] and TransactionShield® [P2PE] and are available through Merchant Link or through your MICROS sales / account management team.

About MICROS Systems, Inc.

MICROS Systems, Inc. provides leading enterprise-wide applications, services and hardware for the hospitality and retail industries. Serving an extensive portfolio of clients worldwide, MICROS solutions are utilized in hotels, casinos, table and quick service restaurants, retail, leisure and entertainment, fuel and convenience, cruise, and travel operations in more than 180 countries, and on all seven continents. MICROS combines its industry knowledge and expertise to provide cloud-based, mobile and on premise solutions that allow its clients to streamline operations and successfully engage their customers.  

MICROS applications include point of sale, property management, central systems, business intelligence, eCommerce, loyalty, CRM, loss prevention, distributed order management, labor management, inventory management, and merchandise planning solutions. MICROS services include hosting and SaaS, platform implementation and integration, strategic business consulting, interactive marketing, design services including creative and user experience, and managed services. 

For more information on MICROS and its advanced information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, please contact Louise Casamento, Vice President of Marketing at (443) 285-8144 or (866) 287-4736. You can also visit the MICROS website at or send an email to  Follow MICROS on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and the MICROS Blog.

About Merchant Link

Merchant Link is a leading provider of cloud-based payment gateway and data security solutions, removing the risk and hassle of payments for more than 300,000 restaurant, hotel and retail locations. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., Merchant Link currently enables more than 4 billion transactions annually for some of the world's best-known merchants, providing connectivity to the major U.S. payment card processors. TransactionVault®, our tokenization solution, and TransactionShield®, our point-to-point encryption solution, mitigate the risk of a data compromise while lowering the cost and effort of PCI compliance. For more information, please visit

Contact: Laura Meck / 301.562.5100

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