In June 2014, the largest U.S. acquirer, First Data Corp., inked a partnership deal with Chicago-based data security and compliance firm Trustwave. The focus of the new pairing will be on offering, via First Data ISOs, what the companies characterized as a new level of data security to small and midsize businesses. This new level involves what can be termed an "inside-out" approach to security and compliance.
The core of the partnership revolves around Trustwave's cloud-based TrustKeeper platform, which Trustwave stated is used by about 2.7 million subscribers worldwide. The service plugs into merchants' POS networks to protect against malware and viruses, critical system changes, unauthorized devices, security misconfigurations and noncompliant payment card storage.