Auto-Star Enhances Data Security with PA-DSS 3.0 Certification


MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA – Data security is a top concern for retailers and their customers. In the last year, organizations that have had credit card or other data breaches have had substantial decreases in sales and seen the value of their organizations drop significantly. In addition, they have faced huge costs in card network fines, audits and investigations, and legal fees. Auto-Star Compusystems Inc. is pleased to announce that V8.2 of the Star-Plus point of sale and retail management software has been validated by PA-QSA certified vendor, Dara Security, as compliant with the PA-DSS version 3.0 requirements.

The PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standard) is the global security standard created by the PCI Security Standards Council. The goal of PA-DSS is to help software vendors and others develop secure payment applications that do not store prohibited data, such as full magnetic stripe, CVV2 or PIN data, and ensure their payment applications support compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

“In the wake of large retail breaches in 2014 and the upcoming EMV roll-outs, security and compliance have become foremost in people’s minds,” said Ivan Long, Vice President of Operations at Auto-Star. “Compliance with the latest PA-DSS and PCI standards shows your customers that they can trust you to protect their payment information.”

Through the PA-DSS, Auto-Star is committed to developing software that:

  • Protects stored cardholder data
  • Provides secure authentication features
  • Logs payment application activity
  • Facilitates implementation on a secure network
  • Encrypts card data in transit
  • Has instructional documentation and training programs for customers, resellers, and integrators

“Auto-Star is dedicated to helping our retail partners achieve PCI compliance by providing software that meets, and in some cases exceeds, PA-DSS requirements, said Long. “We have developed Star-Plus V8.2 to be even more secure, and have subjected it to rigorous security testing in order to confirm that it keeps card data protected.”

For more information on the PA-DSS, and to view a list of validated payment applications please visit the PCI SSC website at:

About Auto-Star Compusystems Inc.   
Auto-Star Compusystems is a software company that develops point-of-sale software for pharmacy, grocery, and health and natural products retailers across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. The company’s products provide seamless end-to-end solutions to optimize efficiency and customer satisfaction, while lowering operating costs. For more information on Auto-Star, please call 888-460-6963 or visit       

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Autumn Schweitzer, Marketing Manager
Auto-Star Compusystems Inc.
Voice: (888) 460-6963
Fax: (415) 366-8255


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