Cougar Mountain Software announces CMS Professional 2011 is PCI compliant
Cougar Mountain Software’s  (CMS) announces that the CMS Professional 2011  product line has received its PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standards) validation as established by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council. This means that CMS customers can now process, store, and transmit credit/debit card data safely and securely and remain PCI compliant.
These new security measures provide software vendors with a definitive data standard to protect sensitive cardholder data, for the general consumer, from identity theft. It is critical for software providers whose applications process, store and, or transmit credit/debit card data receive this PA-DSS validation which went into effect on July 1, 2010 as issued by the PCI Security Standards Council. If businesses and merchants use software that is not certified, they may be subjected to fines if their network is breached and cardholder data stolen.
To achieve this PA-DSS validation for CMS Professional 2011 , CMS has been working diligently to ensure that their software meets PCI guidelines so their customers remain in compliancy. In order to do this, several steps were taken in terms of software security, user’s rights and the overall protection of credit and debit card data. For a list of all of the requirements for PA-DSS Validation, visit https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/ .
CMS Professional  products continue to work with PCCharge  credit/debit card processing system, which is also PCI compliant. As for Cougar Mountain Software’s Denali  accounting product line, it too remains PCI compliant because the cardholder data is no longer stored within the Denali software. Instead, Denali has partnered with a PA-DSS validated third party solution to process those transactions.
About CMS Professional  — The CMS Professional accounting software line is best suited for businesses that have outgrown their initial accounting solution. The module applications are bundled together offering a sound integrated solution to meet a business’ need. This software line has a 3-year fiscal calendar, many reports and multi-tiered security as well.